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Cordarrelle Patterson | Wide Receiver

Team: Tennessee Volunteers
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 200

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Vikings selected Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson with the No. 29 overall pick.
The Vikings traded back into the first-round for Patterson, sending the Nos. 52, 83, 102, and 229 overall picks to the Patriots. Patterson (6-2, 216) spent just one season at Division I after a JUCO transfer, catching 46 balls for 778 yards (16.9 YPR) and five scores. Used in the backfield and on special teams, Patterson set Tennessee's single-season record for all-purpose yards (1,858), adding three touchdowns as a ball carrier and two on returns. Patterson is an athletic freak with insane after-catch elusiveness, but he's still learning to run routes with confidence and precision. At the Combine, Patterson ran a 4.42 forty with a 37-inch vertical and 10-foot-8 broad jump. Patterson is the explosive receiver the Vikings badly needed after trading away Percy Harvin. He'll likely slide in as the starter opposite Greg Jennings, ahead of Jerome Simpson. Thu, Apr 25, 2013 11:34:00 PM

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Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson scored an 11 on the Wonderlic, according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

"Mentally, it's going to be a project," one personnel man told McGinn. "Running routes, he doesn't know how to do any of that stuff. You may have to keep it simple for him, but this is football. It's not building a super glider or anything." McGinn added that scouts from 10 teams recently "expressed varying degrees of reservation" whether Patterson will be up to the challenge of learning the NFL game.
Thu, Apr 18, 2013 11:00:00 AM

Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson visited the Buffalo Bills.

Patterson was joined by three others, quarterback Tyler Bray, tight end Vance McDonald and safety Phillip Thomas. There have been various questions raised about Patterson recently, with many questioning his knowledge and route-running.
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 06:26:00 PM

SI's Peter King thinks "the Rams, and many other mid-round teams, worry about the long-term viability," of Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson.

One NFL personnel man said Patterson is a "Randy Moss type... That can be good, but obviously not all good." Patterson is lethal with the ball in his hands, but many are unsure if getting to that point is easier said than done. The former JUCO product can dominate on slants, screens, and crossing patterns, but separating downfield on routes is not his best trait.
Mon, Apr 15, 2013 01:39:00 PM

Former Tennessee HC Derek Dooley believes Cordarrelle Patterson "can be a head coach's delight."

We can't discern whether this quote is from Dooley, but Brandt added "though whoever becomes his offensive coordinator will have to coach him to bring his talent out." Much has been made about Patterson's lack of route prowess and even reports of questionable success on the white board, but Patterson is strong on slants, drags, screens, and can run vertical patterns with ease.
Fri, Apr 12, 2013 10:41:00 AM

The Sideline View's Lance Zierlein cited an NFL source who told him Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson might fall out of the first-round.

Zierlein added that Patterson has done very poorly in interviews. The same doubts have been reported numerous times. Patterson only spent one year at the FBS level and reportedly struggled in the classroom, but his natural running ability needs to be taken advantage of, if only on quick patterns or simple packages.
Wed, Apr 10, 2013 02:28:00 PM

Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson visited the Rams last week.

Patterson could make a lot of sense for the Rams in the first-round. They are certainly showing interest in a variety of pass catchers, but none have the raw, playmaking talent of Patterson. He created separation without refined routes, and had a high catch rate despite consistently body catching.
Sat, Apr 6, 2013 08:24:00 PM

Former NFL head coach Brian Billick wouldn't be surprised if the Colts "made a splash" and traded up for "a big time play maker."

"Cordarrelle Patterson nor Tavon Austin are in the "can't miss" category like Julio was, but you can't deny their unique playmaking ability," Billick tweeted. We expect Austin to be selected before Patterson, but both can likely be had in the eight to 20 range. Andrew Luck does have young targets in Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener, TY Hilton, and Lavon Brazill.
Fri, Apr 5, 2013 10:50:00 AM

Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson dropped 4.2 percent of the targets he saw in 2012.

A lot has been made about Patterson's body catching, tending to shield the ball in his chest or stomach rather than snatch it with hands away from his body. However, as the statistic concludes, few of those possible catches resulted in drops. For comparison's sake, Keenan Allen dropped 4.7 percent, Terrance Williams checked in with 5.8 percent, and Justin Hunter's number was a whopping 12.1 percent.
Fri, Mar 22, 2013 09:56:00 AM

The Sideline View's Lance Zierlein "can't shake the feeling that we could be looking at the next Troy Williamson" when watching Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson.

"Patterson has the size and speed that teams salivate over," Zierlein writes. "I absolutely love his big play ability, but he's still raw. Hard to overlook his high-end traits though." Zierlein lists Patterson as his top receiver and a first-round pick.
Thu, Mar 21, 2013 11:44:00 AM

NFL Network's Mike Mayock believes Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson is a top 10 talent, but admits he likely won't be selected there.

Mayock made sure to note that Rams GM Les Snead was in attendance at Tennessee's pro day. Patterson is an electric playmaker with the ball in his hands and generated separation despite poor routes. Along with refinement, Patterson would be smart to catch fewer passes with his body.
Wed, Mar 20, 2013 06:39:00 PM

NFL Films' Greg Cosell believes Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson does not show the same explosion in his route running as he does with the ball in his hands.

Patterson "needs a lot of refinement running routes," Cosell tweeted. "Needs (a) quality WR coach." We've said the same about Patterson, but somehow he consistently created separation at the FBS level in 2012. Team will have to project his route tree, however.
Wed, Mar 20, 2013 11:08:00 AM

The Detroit Lions met with Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson on March 8.

"I can't help that I had to go to junior college (grades) and then Tennessee for one year, but I had to make the best decision," he said afterwards. "Teams don't seem too worried about it because they know I can play at the next level and I'm ready to take my talents to the next level," Patterson said. "When I get the ball in my hands I just feel like I can do whatever I want with it and just bully a defender and get free and score," Patterson said."
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 04:11:00 PM

Former NFL executive Tony Softli listed Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson as the fourth best player in the 2013 Draft class.

"Despite small hands, he has natural receiving skills to complement his sturdy frame," Softli said of Patterson. "There will be a learning curve during the offseason, but under the right coaching staff and with hard work, this difference-maker will be ready for the regular season." Patterson's versatility to make plays from a variety of sets will help is value.
Source: Tony Softli
Thu, Mar 7, 2013 11:32:00 AM

One NFL scout questioned how smart Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson is.

"He’s explosive," the scout said. "He’s dynamic. He runs consistent 4.4s, I’m just not sure how smart he is. You’re going to have to keep it simple for him. But the kid is really dynamic." We've seen plenty of prospects show intelligence on the field despite questions off of it, but teams will need to feel comfortable with Patterson regardless.
Source: The Times
Mon, Mar 4, 2013 10:40:00 AM