Peterson is an undersized tight end, as he was used in both wide receiver looks and at tight end at LSU. He definitely won't be a blocking bruiser at the next level, and is more of a mismatch candidate who will need to work out of the slot. He is a good athlete, but hasn't shown the consistency or production to warrant a top pick. Peterson has late-round talent.
Peterson relies heavily upon his speed, which is good working as a tight end, to beat linebackers covering him deep. He relies on his length to make catches over safeties running with him. He runs decent routes and is deceptively shifty with the ball after the catch.
Peterson doesn't make many plays happen for himself. He has to rely on mismatches and schemes to be put in a position to make plays. He can't block. He is slightly better upfield on linebackers, but really struggles with the physical aspect of his play.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.