Welcome to our 2013 Draft Prospect Profile series, written by Rob Quinn. Rob is putting together quick, digestible summaries for highly publicized discussed prospects, prospects that interest him, and prospects that interest YOU.
If there’s someone out there who has piqued your interest and you want to know a little but more about him before April rolls around, get at Rob and request he put a profile together. You can email him at RQUINN619@billsmafia.com with a request.
The series isn’t Bills-centric necessarily; however, when the occasion calls for it, Rob will include thoughts on how a player might impact the Bills were they to draft him. But overall, the goal is to educate you on some of the names you’ll hear called in April.
This is an updated profile, effectively replacing the one from January 23rd, that goes more in depth on Patterson and what he will bring to the NFL.
6‘3“ 205 lbs
Buddy Nix has made it clear that he plans to add a “Big-time wide receiver that can catch the ball when he’s covered” at some point in the offseason. Whether that receiver comes in the form of a Dwayne Bowe in free agency, or one of the many receivers in the deep 2013 NFL Draft class is unknown, but Cordarrelle Patterson is a name floating around among Bills fans. While Patterson played two years in Junior College before transferring to Tennessee for his junior year, he’s got the potential to develop into one of the top wide receivers in the National Football League.
Cordarrelle Patterson was the most explosive weapon in college football during his one season with the Tennessee Volunteers, serving as a weapon on offense and special teams. He caught 46 passes for 778 yards and five touchdowns, while rushing 25 times for 308 yards and three touchdowns, and added another two scores as a returner. When fellow wideout Da’Rick Rogers was dismissed from the team, Patterson stepped into a starting role and thrived. Patterson is dangerous with the football in his hands, and makes defenders miss with ease. When he gets in space, he’s nearly impossible to bring down, as he uses excellent field vision to navigate around defenders. He’s got a great double move that consistently beats defensive backs, and he has an extremely high ceiling for growth. Standing 6’2” and weighing 216 pounds, Patterson displays great speed on tape, and his 4.4 40-yard official 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine confirmed it.
Patterson’s inexperience caused a lot of improper route running, and it was reported by a Tennessee assistant that quarterback Tyler Bray rarely knew where he’d be. He can get jammed at the line of scrimmage and hasn’t developed the technique to use his hands to create separation. This was the case when Patterson played Alabama, as cornerback Dee Milliner, a defensive back known for his press skills, completely shut him down, holding him to one catch for 25 yards. Furthermore, it seems like Patterson tries too hard to make a play at times, often turning to run before fully securing catches, which leads to a lot of drops. While he has extremely long arms, they’re wasted at times due to letting the ball get to his body, and “alligator-arming passes” when going over the middle. He doesn’t really show toughness when going against safeties and linebackers, and he got away with excessively weaving east-to-west, which may not work at the next level. The intentions are there, but he’s very raw, and is a true boom-or-bust player.
How He Would Fit The Bills
Cordarrelle Patterson seems like the perfect receiving option for the Buffalo Bills. Buddy Nix described Patterson’s skill set to a “T” when explaining the traits he desired in a receiver. With Stevie Johnson expected to move into the slot, he and Patterson would form a deadly receiving tandem that will certainly make a young quarterback’s life easier. However, Patterson is a player that will get a general manager a raise, or have him looking for work in two years.
Pro Player Comparison
Julio Jones / Demaryius Thoma
Projected Draft Position
Best Game Watched- Troy– 9 receptions, 219 yards, Touchdown
Worst Game Watched- Alabama– 1 reception, 25 yards
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