Cordarrelle Patterson Will Shine at 2013 NFL Scouting Combine

Jason HallAnalyst IFebruary 20, 2013

KNOXVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 10: Cordarrelle Patterson #84 of the Tennessee Volunteers leaps into the end zone for a five-yard touchdown against the Missouri Tigers during the game at Neyland Stadium on November 10, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The NFL Scouting Combine is the perfect opportunity for coaches to gain a better perspective of the athletic attributes of players entering the draft. Through the years, there have been many outstanding performances by prospects that have not only improved one's draft stock, but also become tales of folklore years later.

Former Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson will have one of the most memorable performances of the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. Patterson's athletic ability will catapult his already-high draft stock.

Patterson ranks as the second-best wide receiver in the 2013 NFL draft, according to The former Vol is also projected to be selected as a top-20 draft pick.

During his lone season at Tennessee, Patterson shined due to his natural athletic ability and speed. When the ball was in his hands, Patterson was one of the most dangerous players in college football.

The intangibles Patterson possesses will be showcased in speed drills. In previous 40-yard dash trails, Patterson has clocked in at 4.46.

One should expect an impressive 40-time from Patterson during the combine. However, Patterson must also show that he has improved from his areas of weakness.

A big factor that will hurt his draft stock is his lack of consistency to catch the football. Patterson's route running may also be an area of concern to NFL scouts. However, with a strong showing in the shuttle and cone drills, Patterson may be able to provide an answer to doubters.

The wide receiver position has reaped great benefits from an impressive combine performance due to a focus on speed and athleticism. Patterson will be a perfect candidate to continue this trend. 

Patterson will have a standout performance at Lucas Oil Stadium this week. His natural athletic ability will be showcased during the NFL Scouting Combine, and his draft stock will ultimately increase.