nfl draft primer

I like Cordarrelle Patterson, the Tennessee junior wideout who recently declared for the 2013 NFL Draft.  The 6’3 205 pound receiver has a sturdy and physical frame and can make plays because of impressive balance and body control.  A JUCO transfer, Patterson immediately showed what he could on ESPNU against NC State, tallying six receptions for 93 yards and running for a 67 yard TD.  His first touchdown reception came when he torched NC State CB and fellow prospect David Amerson on a 41-yard score.  While he doesn’t look like a burner from central casting, Patterson has the acceleration to score from anywhere on the field.

Patterson had a solid lone season as a Volunteer wideout, totaling 778 yards on 46 receptions for a 16.9 yard average.  He also showcased stellar ability in the return game by averaging 27.6 yards per punt and kick return.  With exceptional talents like West Virginia’s Tavon Austin and Steadman Bailey , D’eandre Hopkins of Clemson and the aformentioned Patterson, this is shaping out to be an impressive crop of receivers from a depth perspective.  Patterson’s strong size and speed numbers will put him in round 2 with the potential of being drafted late in round 1.  Receiver-needy teams like the Miami Dolphins and my Minnesota Vikings are potential fits for the talented Patterson.  He is explosive enough to turn into a number one receiver while he develops consistency in the route-running component of his game.