Oct 12, 2012; Starkville, MS, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) runs with the ball during the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium. Mississippi State won 41-31. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden–USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Draft Profile: WR Cordarrelle Patterson

WR Cordarrelle Patterson may very well be my most favorite prospect in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft. Patterson certainly has a few knocks against his game, which I’ll get into further down, but it’s his raw talent and size that are most enticing.

Patterson could very well be the first WR off the board, going anywhere from the 5th pick to the 20th. If a team isn’t looking for a WR to immediately step in and take over the reins, Patterson would be a good fit. He looks to have all the tools to be able to make a splash at the next level, but he does need some fine tuning. The things that scouts will hold against Patterson the most is the fact that he only has one year of experience playing in the SEC, as a Vol, and he doesn’t make the best use of his hands.


2012 Season Stats

Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
2012 Tennessee SEC JR WR 46 778 16.9 5 25 308 12.3 3 71 1086 15.3 8

Combine numbers

40 yard dash 4.42 seconds
Vertical Jump 37 inches
Broad Jump 128.0 inches


  • Fast – One of Patterson’s biggest strengths is his ability to slip behind coverage for a big gain.
  • Vision – Patterson does a great job of working his way through defenders for extra yards. It’s something he utilized throughout the 2012 season on punt and kick returns, as well as the WR reverses he ran while racking up 308 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground.
  • Size – Patterson has great size, standing at 6’2, 216 lbs. Paired with his vertical, which was one of the best at the combine, he gives QBs a big target to hit and gives CBs a tough matchup.
  • Fight – He is always looking to milk each play for as many yards as he can get out of it.

August 31, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) runs the ball in the first quarter against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports


  • Raw – Patterson only has one year of experience at the SEC level and only two years of college football experience, one of which came at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, though he did break multiple school records there.
  • Catching – While Patterson does catch most everything that comes his way, he needs to learn to extend his arms toward the ball instead of using his body so much.
  • Dances – While Patterson made people miss in Tennessee by doing the Harlem Shuffle, it won’t cut it in the NFL. He’ll need to reduce the cuts he makes and just go.

Patterson seems to be picking up momentum as the draft nears. Don’t be surprised to see him taken early in the first round. As Mel Kiper has said, if he stayed for his senior season, he could have been a top-5 pick in 2014. But who wants to risk injury or any of the other possible downfalls one could face in a year when they are likely a early 1st round pick anyway?

I can’t wait to see what this guy does at the next level.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/bennie.guardado Bennie Guardado

    My problem with picking a WR high in the draft this year is I don’t think it gives us the best chance to reach the playoffs next year. If we had a solid season last year and we were building for the future, I would be all for grabbing a big WR to replace/compliment Kenny Britt; however, that is not the case. We need players that are going to “fix” their position, not just build on what is already in place. They have to fix the inside of the o-line. I can’t sit through 16 more games of Leroy Harris getting put on his butt every play. So, do you think this pick would help up reach the playoffs next year? (This is the question the TItans need to be asking themselves with every FA pick-up and draft pick this year.)

    • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

      I feel ya, Bennie. The only reason I think the Titans might, and that’s a very slim might, even think of drafting him is I believe they’re going to fix the O-line in free agency, as well as maybe add a TE and a DE.

      That would leave them pretty open in the draft. I agree with you that they’ll be focusing on players who can immediately contribute and help get them to the playoffs, but they can’t completely forget the future. Britt is a head case, plain and simple, but he’s also very talented. I don’t think he’ll get another contract here. If they think Patterson is a talented WR, they could take him as Britt’s future replacement. Patterson will be raw in his first year, but could really blossom in year two.

      The Titans are impossible to predict, anyways. Who knows what they’ll do!

      • http://www.facebook.com/bennie.guardado Bennie Guardado

        I will agree that if we have a very impressive free agency this year that this would be a viable pick. It is unfortunate that Kenny Britt has wasted so much talent. I fear even if this is his “break out” year, it will be more to it being his contact year then him really getting it together for once. I would expect and hope that Britt will not wear a Titans jersey in 2014. I know that sounds pretty harsh but I am sick of lazy talent that doesn’t produce anything more than hope for talent without ever seeing it. Out of curiosity, do you not think that the Titans will look at the FA for a WR? There has been a lot of talk about getting some OL and DE but aren’t there some good WR options out there as well? What about Greg Jennings as a Britt replacemet? (A boy can dream, right?)

        • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

          Yeah. I’m tired of writing about him messing up and being injured.

          And I don’t think the Titans will pursue a FA WR. If they want Britt’s replacement, they’ll either grab one in the draft or wait to see what next year brings.

          • http://www.facebook.com/bennie.guardado Bennie Guardado

            Well, am I too optimistic to hope we could grab Boldin if the Ravens do cut him and he doesn’t retire like he said he would? (As the rumors are saying) He makes Joe Flacco look so good. It should have been in Flacco’s contract that every lame duck Boldin turns into a catch will result in a percent of Flacco’s money going to Boldin.

          • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

            I think the Titans would need to clear up a little more cap room for him. I also don’t think they see that as a need or a fix. Boldin turns 33 this year. Wouldn’t be a long-term replacement at WR. More likely to spend that money on a DE. Already in the hunt for Levitre and Keller.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bennie.guardado Bennie Guardado

    On a side note, I just watch his highlight video…. hard not to want this guy. :)

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  • Modesto Koczwara

    Please God not like this past draft….

    • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

      Ha ha. Well last draft it didn’t look like we were going to lose our #1 receiver, but Britt sure does like to screw things up.

      • Modesto Koczwara

        With money, comes knucklehead choices. Sad really is, but I think he can pull through.

        • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

          I don’t. Dumb is dumb. You’d have to bound and gag the guy in an air tight box to keep him from messing up/hurting himself. Even that’s a bit risky.

  • josh gunnels

    Bennie’s right. You could put Calvin Johnson on this team and we’re not doing sh*t without o-line and defensive help.

    • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

      But acting like we’re going to head into the draft without having
      addressed that and roll the dice on getting those exclusively through
      the draft is crazy.

      That, and what about next year? Are we making
      one run at the playoffs and then falling right back out because we
      didn’t feel the need to find Britt’s replacement this year? Very rarely
      do receivers come out of college and make a huge impact their rookie

      • josh gunnels

        I get that, but even if you address those areas through free agency, they won’t be completely fixed and there definitely won’t be any depth.

        And yes, for all intents and purposes, this coaching staff needs to make one run at the playoffs and forget about anything that comes afterwards. The impatience of the fans in todays NFL combined with Bud Adams age, means its playoffs or new job for them. So why worry about what might or might not happen the year after next right now.

        I’m not saying they mortgage the future of the franchise, but you can’t use your #10 overall pick on a position group that has good starters already.

        • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

          That’s it, sir…..

          I CHALLENGE YOU TO A DUEL!!!!!!!

          A drinking duel, that is – we’re all gentlemen here. The finest whiskey $25 can buy….

  • James Hayes

    CP would be amazing for us and he literally can play any and I mean any skill position on the field hell I wouldn’t even put it past him to be able to throw the ball and catch it 50 yards down the field HIMSELF .. From the moment I watched him in the BIG ORANGE uniform this year especially when I got to see him perform live against mizzou I absolutely knew he would be the man when he hits THE LEAGUE and I know it’s close to impossible that we will grab him now considering we have 2 return guys. ( where I figured if we did grab CP would be an excellent position to start him in an develop his receiver skills little by little one step at a time) I wouldn’t care if we had megatron Larry fitz and Brandon Marshall as our WR trio I would still take this guy because just like CJ2K he is a home run hitter and could take it to the house any play any position of any point in the game

    • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

      Yeah. My thought is that the Titans have the guy who helped Megatron become who he was, WR’s coach Shawn Jefferson. Maybe he could do the same thing with Patterson and he can replace KB this next year when I think the Titans won’t renew his contract.

      • James Hayes

        I couldn’t agree more with you Kenny Britt has got to go as much as I like his potential I just think he will never grow up and own the opportunity he has . It’s time we take pride back to our organization and show THE LEAGUE we mean business