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No one's quite sure what will become of the Minnesota Vikings' newest receiver Cordarrelle Patteron, but there are some that believe he has so much talent and versatility that success in the NFL is inevitable.
"He might be more explosive than Randy Moss," Charlie Baggett, a former NFL receivers coach and coordinator, said days before the NFL Draft, via Jarrett Bell of USA TODAY Sports. Baggett helped recruit Patterson in Tennessee, and has also coached Moss, Cris Carter, Andre Rison, Antonio Freeman and Wes Welker, to name a few.
Speaking of Moss, Patterson will be donning his old number 84, and many, like Baggett, are mentioned Moss when talking about Patterson already.
"I can't replace anyone -- 84 is just the number that I was and it just happened to be (Randy) Moss," Patterson said, via Brian Hall of Fox Sports. "Percy, he left, he did all of those special things. Now I'm going to try and come in and be a special teams player. I'm going to work hard for it."
Cordarrelle Patterson made the most of his one season in Knoxville as he came to Tennessee as a 5 star recruit from Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. Patterson started his college career playing his freshman year of football at North Carolina Tech Christian Academy, but did not stay for a second year before transferring to Hutchinson CC for 2011. Patterson’s one season with the Volunteers was outstanding as he was involved in rushing, catching and returning punts and kickoffs for a total of 1,858 yards and 10 touchdowns. His tall 6’3” body and his ability to do many things will make him very popular in the draft.
Physical route runner that isn’t afraid of contact, has good size and will go up and fight for the ball. Patterson has tremendous upside, but needs work in a lot of areas. Plays with great athleticism and explosive playmaking ability, could be the first receiver taken in draft. He shields defenders away from the ball well and shows above-average hands to bring in tough receptions.
Patterson needs to work on being precise in his route-running. He will play out of control at times and will try to do too much with the ball in his hands. He has shown tendencies he can be a little reckless and will have to learn how to play fast without getting out of control. Patterson will need to demonstrate better field awareness.
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