Since Bills are getting to know college QBs, so should you

A brief overview and footage of the top prospects

Sal Capaccio
April 12, 2017 - 12:36 am

Photo: Kirby Lee - USA TODAY Sports

Whether the Bills are truly interested and doing their due diligence on quarterbacks in this year’s draft class, or they want to make everyone believe that’s the case, it’s certainly being noticed and getting plenty of attention, especially since owner Terry Pegula has been at multiple private workouts for prospects.

According to various reports over the past several weeks, the Bills have now worked out (in no particular order) Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes, Pittsburgh’s Nathan Peterman, North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky, and Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer. Additionally, there was a report last week that General Manager Doug Whaley is enamored with Clemson’s Deshaun Watson.

So, who are each of these QBs?  Here’s a brief overview with one randomly selected game from last season for each, from


Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech
6-2, 225 lb.

Son of former MLB pitcher Pat Mahomes.  Led all major college football with 421 passing yards per game last season, totaling 5,052 total, 41 TDs, and 10 INTs, with 65.7% completions.  Many believe he’s a boom or bust type of QB with the highest upside at the position.


Nathan Peterman, Pittsburgh
6-2, 226 lb.

Started college career at Tennessee, but transferred to Pitt where he started his final two years, throwing for 2,855 yards, 27 TD, and 7 INT, with a 60.5 completion pct. his final season. Has lots of traits that may make a him a successful NFL QB, but none that stand out as elite compared to others in the class.


Mitchell Trubisky, North Carolina
6-2, 222 lb.

A terrific 68.0% completion rate ranked 5th in college football last season.  Overall, had 30 TD and 6 INT through the air, but also ran for 308 yards and 5 TD.  only 13 college starts means there isn’t a complete resume on him just yet, so teams will have to decide of that was good enough to make a proper judgement.


DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame
6-4, 233 lb.

Threw for 2,925 yards, 26 TD, 9 INT last year, but only a 58.7 completion percentage.  Also ran for 8 TD last season and another 10 the year before.  His accuracy is his biggest question mark, but he has the arm to make all throws.


Deshaun Watson, Clemson
6-2, 221 lb.

Two-time Heisman Trophy finalist.  Started two national championship games, winning one of them.  Threw for 4,593 yards, 41 TD, 17 INT, and a 67.0 completion percentage last season, adding 629 yards and 9 TD on the ground. His leadership is tremendous and he’s great dual-threat athlete, but questions about how he will adapt to an NFL-style offense and playing almost exclusively out of shotgun in college.


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