Bills take LB Milano, QB Peterman in fifth round of NFL Draft

Buffalo takes a quarterback and linebacker with their two picks in the fifth round

Brayton Wilson
April 29, 2017 - 3:45 pm

The Buffalo Bills had to sit around for a while before making another selection in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Bills had given up their third round picks and two of their fifth round picks on Friday to move up in the Draft to pick twice in the second round.

The Bills waited until the 163rd overall pick in the fifth round of the Draft and selected linebacker Matt Milano out of Boston College.

The 6' 0", 225-pound linebacker spent four years with the Eagles totaling 140 career tackles, 32.5 tackles for loss, one interception and 14.0 sacks. The Orlando, Florida native was named the team's most valuable player this past season, and was named as a 2016 first-team All-ACC player from Pro Football Focus.

Eight picks later, the Bills were up again with the 171st overall pick and surprised some by taking quarterback Nathan Peterman out of Pittsburgh.

Peterman, 22, spent the past two seasons with the Panthers after transferring to Pittsburgh from the University of Tennessee. In his two years with Pittsburgh, Peterman threw for 5,236 yards while completing 60.1-percent of his passes along with 47 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Peterman also rushed for 525 yards in his two seasons and scored five touchdowns.

The 6' 2", 225-pound quarterback led the ACC in 2016 in passing yards per-attempt (9.3 yards), total yards per-play (8.3 yards), and also had the highest passing efficiency rating of 163.4.

The Bills will close out their 2017 NFL Draft with one pick in the sixth round at the 195th overall spot.

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