Cordarrelle Patterson – Wide receiver
Height: 6’3 | Weight: 205 pounds | Tennessee | Junior
Strengths: Patterson has very good length along with good hands and body control to make great catches. He can win jump ball situations consistently and uses his body well to shield the defender. He has good hands to pluck the ball from the air and attacks it aggressively to secure it and then turn up field to gain yardage. He is sensational in the open field after the catch using his superb vision, agility, and foot quickness to make would be tacklers miss consistently. He accelerates to full speed fast and has the explosiveness to be a homerun hitter just about every time he touches the ball. He routinely gets separation against cornerbacks when he gets a clean release and can eat up the cushion fast when corner is playing off coverage. He refuses to get tackled by the first would be tackler, always looking to fight for that extra yardage. He adjusts his body to the ball well especially on sideline passes giving great effort to catch off target passes then getting feet down inbounds. He has added value as a very good return specialist.
Weaknesses: Patterson is definitely thin in the arms and legs for a receiver with his height and needs to bulk up some to withstand the physicality of the NFL. He only had one year of play at Division 1 level after transferring from a JUCO College in 2012. He needs work on being more precise in his route running and understanding of how to get open on different defensive schemes. He has very good hand-eye coordination, but will sometimes begin running before securing the catch showing a lapse in concentration. He needs to greatly improve hands to defeat the jam by the cornerback. He sometimes takes false steps on his release allowing the cornerback to slow him with the jam.
Final Thoughts: Patterson transferred to Tennessee in 2012 after playing at the JUCO level. Patterson can raise his stock perhaps into 1st round consideration by performing well in pre-draft workouts such as the NFL Combine and his schools pro day. He has the enormous ability to be a big time playmaker wherever he lines up. In just one year at Tennessee he set a school record for all-purpose yardage with 1,858 yards. He scored 10 total touchdowns in a variety of ways (5 receiving, 3 rushing, 1 kickoff return, and 1 punt return). Overall, Patterson like most of the wide receiver prospects in the 2013 class probably carries a 2nd round grade, but will get several opportunities between now and the 2013 NFL Draft in April to move up draft boards. He can make an immediate impact for a team with his size, speed and elusiveness in the open field. He can become a number one receiver in time if he can get the proper coaching along with playing with a veteran mentor.