My man crush for Cordarelle Patterson started a couple months ago after seeing some of his highlight films on youtube. For anyone who is still in doubt about his amazing playmaking ability and skills, watch this video. If you aren't incredibly impressed, you are blind to talent.
Some stuff you will notice, and hate on: He catches with his body sometimes, he doesn't run perfect routes, he only played one year of DI.
Well, catching with the body and route running are easily correctable, and he did play JUCO before jumping to Tennessee. The fact that he was able to dominate in the SEC, in his first year of DI football, while having to share time with Justin Hunter just strengthens my argument as to why he will be great.
Now to some uncoachable things:
-Speed: this guy is fast. Ran a 4.42 40 at the combine, which puts him in the top 5 WR's in this draft
-Size: at nearly 6'2" and 215 pounds, he has the size to outmatch any cornerback in the league
-Hands: Say what you want about catching with his body, he can make the tough grabs too. His drop rate this season was just 4.2%, which is good for 2nd in the NCAA behind Keenan Allen.
-Field Vision: Did you see him running after the catch or on returns? He never quits trying for extra yards, and he makes plays happen with his agility, speed, and assortment of moves.
Plus, we got him for a pretty good price in my opinion. Consider him a second round pick if you will. That means we only gave up a 3rd, 4th, and 7th. Now consider the fact that the 7th round picks rarely contribute outside special teams (which Patterson can definitely do), and that both the 4th and 7th round picks were given to us from other teams in trades. We only lost an original 3rd rounder in this trade. Add that to getting the Shariff and Professor Xavior and I would say this could end up being the best draft the Vikings have ever had.