Cordarrelle Patterson   WR   Tennessee    

TALENT BOARD ROUND  1

 

STRENGTHS

Cordarrelle plays the game with a toughness and arrogance that you love to see in a potential #1 wide receiver.   He has excellent size, strength and speed to play his position at a very high level for the team that drafts him.  He loves being physical and wants to make the big play.  You will not move this kid off his routes.  He has very good hands to catch the ball and the ability to adjust to the ball in the air to make the acrobatic catch.  He has the speed to go deep and the toughness and strength to make the catch over the middle and take the hit on crossing routes.  He is a special teams nightmare for the opponent.  Cordarrelle has good vision and will give you a lot of yards after the catch.  He will block when necessary, but the truth is, if you are a smart quarterback, you want to get the ball into this kid's hands as much as you can.  He is the type of wide receiver that you can build your passing game around.  He reminds me a lot of Roddy White (WR Atlanta Falcons), but with more speed.   

 

CONCERNS

What can I say?  Sometimes Cordarrelle is too confident and too arrogant.  On deep balls when he beats his man, he has a tendency to nonchalant the ball and drop it.  He will need to be more consistent running routes at the same speed he practices and bring that to the game so that timing issues do not become a problem.  In the NFL, quarterbacks cannot wait for a receiver to be open.  They throw to spots on the field and expect receivers to be there to catch the ball.  That timing has to be the same in practice and in a game by a receiver or the quarterback will throw interceptions and the truth is, it won't be the QB's fault -- it will be the receiver's fault.  Cordarrelle's work ethic will be challenged at the next level for the first time in his athletic life, which could be a problem until Cordarrelle learns to adjust.  On special teams, he can return a kickoff 110 yards for a touchdown and, on the next kickoff, take the ball out of the end zone and get tackled on the two yard line.  On any play from the line of scrimmage, he could catch the deep ball, run a reverse or catch the ball on a crossing route and take it all the way for six points.  That's just the way it is and you're going to have to live with it because he is not going to change.  It's what makes him so impactful, so deal with it.

 

BOTTOM LINE

I call him Cordarrelle (Deal With It) Patterson.  He will make some strange decisions because he has some much confidence in his own athletic abilities. I don't see anything wrong with that.  He is smart and will improve as he learns the league and its players because he is a hell of a competitor.  I don't think that you will ever be sorry you drafted this kid unless he decides to make bad decisions off the field and, to my knowledge, that has not been an issue.  As I said before, for the first time, Cordarrelle's work ethic will be challenged.  That being said, do your homework and if there are no significant problems off the field, I don't see how you don't look at this kid as a possible top ten talent in this draft.  He looks like he might be the exception to rule #24 of Drew's Draft Rules. 

 

Drew "The B.S. Detector" Boylhart

Jan/2013