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.
Update, 2/25/13: Be sure to check out the more in-depth profile on Patterson that Rob published today.
6‘3“ 205 lbs
The Buffalo Bills have a glaring need at the wide receiver position opposite Stevie Johnson. David Nelson and Donald Jones are both restricted free agents, leaving the team with an inexperienced group of wideouts. General Manager, Buddy Nix, has expressed his desire to move Johnson into a slot receiving role, where his exceptional route running ability would be put to better use. He explained that he wanted to add a “big-time wide receiver” that can “catch the ball when he’s covered.” Reading between the lines, we can assume Nix will be seeing out a target over six-feet-tall, with a big, muscular body, that can “climb the ladder” and make plays. Cordarrelle Patterson, Tenessee’s star wide receiver, fits that exact mold.
Cordarrelle Patterson is truly a unique wide receiver. He moves like Percy Harvin and is physical like a Dez Bryant. He’s explosive off the line of scrimmage, and shifts gears very quickly. The 1st team All-SEC selection caught 42 passes for 778 yards and five touchdowns, while being utilized on end-arounds, rushing 25 times for 308 yards and three scores. He took a pair of kick and punt returns to the house as well. He’s well-built from the top down, and has very good separation.
2012 was Patterson’s first year against real talent, as he played in junior college prior to taking over for Da’Rick Rogers with the Tennessee Volunteers. His route running is very raw at this point in his development, and he doesn’t always catch the ball with only his hands. His inexperience will be what scouts point at when discussing the negative aspects of the game, and it truly shows at times.
How He Impacts The Bills
Patterson has the potential to be a true No.1 wide receiver in the National Football League, and would be a great addition to the Bills. The true question is whether he really wants to learn and get better. He’s raw and inexperienced against high-end talent, but proved he has a high ceiling for growth. If the Bills were to add Patterson, he would force opposing defenses to stay honest, freeing up a lot of space for Stevie Johnson in coverage.
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