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NFL Draft Notebook: Pitt QB Nathan Peterman a fit for Giants?

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Jaworski gives Peterman his stamp of approval

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Will the New York Giants select a quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft? If so, at what point in the draft would they be willing to pick on a player they hope they won’t have to use for a few more seasons?

The “never say never/we keep all our options open/we investigate everything” Giants have left themselves completely open on this one. They appear to be willing to do everything from take a quarterback in the first round if a player too good to pass up is there to not taking one at all, and seeing if perhaps they can unlock the potential in Geno Smith that the New York Jets could not tap into.

Ron Jaworski, former NFL quarterback and current ESPN QB analyst, has pegged Pittsburgh’s Nathan Peterman as a player who should interest the Giants.

"I think Peterman at Pitt is a guy that I think is a project," Jaworski told NJ Advance Media Tuesday following the NFL Draft in Philadelphia Chalk Talk at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. "And, he's a good project. When you look at the quarterback position, you have to look at development. Certainly with Eli, you're probably going to get a year or two more.

"I always believe that you should take a quarterback. Develop him. Get him onto the practice squad. You find out about him. That's a position that takes time. You can run out a wide receiver, at tackle and they can contribute quickly. Very few Dak Prescott come along and play the way he played last year. Peterman is a guy that I would take a good, hard look at."

Another former NFL quarterback, Chris Simms of Bleacher Report, also likes Peterman, saying “he’s not getting enough talk” during the pre-draft buildup.

Peterman currently carries a third- to fourth-round grade from CBS Sports.

NFL.com compares Peterman to Kirk Cousins, and says:

Peterman's experience in a pro-style passing attack gives him a head start headed into the league. His physical attributes are just average, but his accuracy, composure and anticipation are what sets him apart from some of the more physically gifted quarterbacks in this year's draft. Peterman's tape is sure to catch the eye of at least a few teams in need of a quarterback and he should come off the board by day two with a chance to become a solid starting quarterback in the future.