Freshpectations for 2016: QB Brandon Peters

Though most Michigan fans are swooning about a certain defensive lineman commit, most will have their eyes on the longest committed player in the class, early enrollee QB Brandon Peters.

MGoFish (via @INFootballScout) Scouting Report

Strengths: Outstanding accuracy, arm, and on-field intelligence to excel in college football. Physically strong – can elude would-be sacks, withstand contact, climb the pocket and pull the trigger. Has a quick release and can extend plays with his legs. Improved accuracy in his senior season; exhibits excellent rhythm and timing – short, intermediate, long – and puts velocity on the ball. Throws with zip in the short game and has touch deep downfield. Very tough and resilient – feels and reacts to pressure, keeps his eyes downfield, and exhibits poise under duress. Dual-sport athlete; excellent leader. Plays in a winning program and faces top competition.

Weaknesses: Few and far between. Is primarily a pocket guy; not a dual-threat. Scans the field but sometimes stares down his primary target a bit too much, and could transfer his lower-half into the pass more consistently.

Summary: Brandon is the real deal. He exhibits a quick release and great arm, consistently hitting receivers in stride. He strikes me as a very cerebral leader on the field who has what it takes to excel in a top college program.

NFL Scout (via 247Sports) Scouting Report

Strengths: Peters showed the scout on film that he can buy time and create. Compared to the other quarterbacks he watched, Peters was more purposeful and deliberate in the pocket. You can tell he has a good feel for the game according to the scout and he also felt as if Peters had the best combination of athleticism and mechanics. On film, the scout felt that Peters looked polished and looked like he’s been coached up.

Note: In reality, Peters has had limited QB coaching relative to some of the other quarterbacks that the scout watched and that could be a great sign for the development trajectory for Peters.

Concerns: There weren’t a lot of negatives that the scout saw. Athletically, he considered Peters above average but only called him a “6 on a scale from 1 to 10 as an athlete”. (via Allen Trieu) Scouting Report 

Good height and is continuing to fill his frame in. Is a good athlete who can run and escape pressure, but he also shows good awareness and feel in the pocket. Gets rid of the ball quickly and has the arm to make throws to the sideline and drive the ball downfield. As he gets bigger and stronger, that should only increase. Smart kid, tough, calm under pressure. Must continue to work on reading defenses and going through his progressions.


Michigan’s 2016 Depth Chart Prediction

  1. #5 John O’Korn, SR*  
  2. #7 Shane Morris, SR*
  3. #10 Zach Gentry, SO*
  4. #3 Wilton Speight, JR*
  5. #12 Alex Malzone, SO*  
  6. #18 Brandon Peters, FR

Freshmen Year Expectations

Peters has all of the raw talent in the world and the opening to climb the depth chart. However, thanks to him needing to add more size and enough talent ahead of him, I fully expect him to redshirt his freshmen year to be ready to battle O’Korn and Gentry for the starting spot in 2017.

What do you expect out of Peters during his freshmen year? Add your freshpectiation in the comment section below!

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