Cordarrelle Patterson: NFL Draft Preview

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Published: April 14, 2013

Cordarrelle Patterson Fantasy Football

Cordarrelle PattersonCordarelle Patterson is taking an unlikely path to the NFL draft. He has one season under his belt in a major football conference. Patterson did not care about grades in high school and did poor enough his freshman and sophomore year of high school and ultimately did not have the grades to qualify for a major college or university. In 2009, Patterson attended North Carolina Tech where he did not play football. In 2010 Patterson played football for Hutchinson Community College in Kansas where he became the topped ranked junior college player in the country.

Patterson decided to attend Tennessee and was expected to be playing slot with Da’Rick Rogers and Justin Hunter playing the outside receiver spots. Due to multiple violations of the teams substance abuse policy Rogers was released from the Vols and Patterson started opposite Justin Hunter. Cordarelle Patterson roared onto the scene with a showing of his versatility versus NC State when he broke a huge run and caught a big touchdown. He was the only player in a four year period that scored a touchdown four different ways (rushing, receiving, punt return, kick return)

Cordarrelle Patterson’s Stats

Year REC REC YDS REC TD RUSH YDS RUSH TD Kick Return PUNT Return Return TDS
2012 46 778 5 308 3 671 yrds 101 yrds 2

 Strengths

Pattersons primary strength is his versatility and size combination. At 6’2″ and 220 lbs Patterson has some wiggle in the hips. His has the athletic ability to get open easily if given a free release. He has great speed and agility. He does not waste steps. He makes catches and gets up field. A lot of his production comes off of yards after the catch (YAC). He does a great job of hand fighting for position and can use his size to shield defenders and make plays down the field. Patterson is a bigger version of Percy Harvin and has the physical ability to be just as effective. He has all the physical to be a very productive football player.

Weaknesses

Patterson limited time at a large FBS school is one of his primary weaknesses. He is still considered by some scouts to be a very raw player due to his poor route running and body catching the ball way to often. Patterson also lined up off the line of scrimmage often to get better releases. Patterson was also known to have many mental lapses that resulted in dropped passes. Patterson is also a poor blocking wide receiver who may be a liability in the running game unless he becomes more physical in that aspect of his game.

Fantasy Impact

As listed above Patterson’s physical attributes have all the makings of a very productive wide receiver in the NFL. His immediate impact will be dependant on destination. He could be a primary wide receiver but would need a solid number two wide out in place to mentor and take double coverages away. Patterson is likely to end up in Minnesota with one of their two picks in the first round. He would be a wonderful complementary receiver to Greg Jennings and would give Christian Ponder another wide out to throw to. I would not count on a monster rookie season from Cordarrelle Patterson. Realistically speaking, wide receivers may have one of the toughest positions to transition into in the NFL. Patterson may have a role in the return game. I think his ceiling as a rookie is near 700 passing yards and 50 catches.

Cordarrelle Patterson Highlights

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