The Minnesota Vikings had three 1st round picks in this past June's draft. Any team would love to have more than one pick to have a chance at picking up a rookie stud that can help them win games. The best part about the Vikings' drafts the fact that all three picks, Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes, and Cordarrelle Patterson, were all picks that helped positions o need. I'm sure that Sharrif Floyd and Xavier Rhodes will have stellar rookie seasons, but I think that Cordarrelle Patterson, who we traded back into the 1st round to pick up, will bring something that Vikings fans haven't seen since Sidney Rice in '09 or even Randy Moss in his early years with the Vikings.
In Cordarrelle's 1st preseason game, he caught 4 passes for 54 yards, and nearly brought the opening kickoff to the house. 104 all-purpose yards is something to be excited about. Before the draft, experts were calling CP84 "raw" and "inexperienced." Those are all valid opinions, considering he transferred from JUCO (Junior College) to Tennessee. He only played one season with the Volunteers. He may have been raw, but nonetheless, he is impressing Vikings' WR Coach George Stewart and Head Coach Leslie Frazier. At the start, they said that they would ease CP84 into action and have him fight for a spot on this team, just like they made Harrison Smith do last season. Now, 13 practices and 1 preseason game in, he has a very good chance to find a starting spot on this team alongside his new mentor, Greg Jennings.
I am not saying that Cordarrelle Patterson will be the next Randy Moss or even the next Julio Jones. I'm saying that he has extremely high potential to be a playmaker in this league.