A week after rushing for a program record 301 yards and four touchdowns, Buffalo tailback Jaret Patterson is turning in another eye-popping performance in Saturday’s game against Kent State. One of the 2021 NFL Draft’s hottest risers, Patterson rushed for 156 yards and three scores — in the first quarter — to highlight another huge outing to open the season.
A 5-foot-9, 195-pound junior, Patterson is averaging over seven yards per carry this season and could be an early-round selection next year if he decides to forgo his senior campaign. Patterson is a workhorse back within the Buffalo offense and rushed for 1,799 yards and 19 touchdowns last fall as a sophomore.
Patterson, the only player this season to rush for 300 yards in an FBS game, burst onto the scene in 2018 as an unknown freshman with a 1,000-yard season.
“Coming into the season, Patterson was already on scouts’ radars, but he wasn’t draft eligible,” NFL Draft analyst Jordan Reid said in an interview with the Buffalo News this month. “He’s built a lot of excitement during his freshman and sophomore seasons.
“His performance against Bowling Green is not only helping his case, but it’s also building a surplus of positive evidence to include within his NFL draft profile.”
According to CBS Sports’ updated 2021 NFL Draft prospect rankings by position, Patterson is the second-best running back behind Clemson All-American Travis Etienne.