Former Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is blowing up on the NFL circuit with April’s draft just two months away, and he will likely be the first wide receiver taken, somewhere around the top 10 mark.
Patterson transferred to Tennessee from Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College and was a consensus five-star prospect exiting JUCO.
The 6-3, 210-pound receiver was electric with the rock in his hands, and several NFL decision makers, GMs and head coaches are looking his way. He has speed to burn and the body control and size to go up and make the great catch. With the ball in his hands, Patterson is the best player on the field. Patterson produced a number of stellar highlights during his one and only season with the Vols.
He finished the 2012 season with 46 catches for 778 yards and five touchdowns and averaged 16.9 yards per catch, while rushing 25 times for 308 yards and three touchdowns. Not only did Patterson impress on offense, but also he became one of the better kick returners in the country, with 24 returns for 671 yards and one touchdown, and he even returned a punt for a touchdown. Patterson led the SEC and racked up a school-record 1,858 all-purpose yards, tied for 18th in the country.
Patterson became the first player in NCAA history since 2008 to record a touchdown four different ways – receiving, rushing, kickoff return and punt return.
If Derek Dooley wanted to keep his job another year, in hindsight he should have targeted Patterson 10-plus times per game. That’s what a good NFL offensive coordinator will do in the near future.
The knock on Patterson has been that he’s not a great route runner, and it’s true – he is just about as unpolished as it gets out of college. But with the size, speed and raw athleticism already in his back pocket, route running will elevate his already tremendous game.
Take a look at the videos for some great Cordarrelle Patterson Tennessee highlights.