Cordarrelle Patterson: Video Highlights for Former Tennessee WR

Thomas Galicia@thomasgaliciaFeatured Columnist IVApril 25, 2013

Cordarrelle Patterson: Video Highlights for Former Tennessee WR

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    Former Tennessee Volunteer Cordarrelle Patterson is an intriguing receiver prospect that's likely going to be the first wide receiver off the board in Round 1.

    Patterson may occasionally look a bit raw when it comes to catching the ball and running routes, but his size and speed give him tremendous upside, which is what has drawn the attention of NFL scouts.

    In his only season at Tennessee in 2012, the former junior college transfer caught 46 passes for 778 yards and five touchdowns, instantly making an impact in the Volunteers offense.

    Here's a look at some of Patterson's best highlights of the season, which will show why, despite his lack of NCAA experience, he is expected to be chosen high in the 2013 NFL draft.

41-Yard Touchdown Reception vs. North Carolina State (2012)

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    Patterson's first game with the Vols saw him make a tremendous statement, catching six passes for 93 yards and a touchdown while running for 72 yards and a touchdown on two rushing attempts.

    We'll get to his rushing touchdown later, but first, here's Patterson using his raw speed on a play-action pass that would go 41 yards for the touchdown. The space Patterson has between himself and the corner almost seems unfair, giving his quarterback Tyler Bray an eternity to find him and connect for the quick score.

67-Yard Run vs. North Carolina State (2012)

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    Later on in Tennessee's first quarter against the Wolfpack, the Vols would use Patterson's speed quite effectively on this 67-yard run for a touchdown.

    The misdirection caused by the end-around confused NC State's defense, which the Vols would do the entire evening. The initial block by Ben Bartholomew sprung Patterson free, allowing him to use his game-breaking speed to cut a path toward the end zone.

2-Yard Touchdown Reception vs. Florida (2012)

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    It's not just Patterson's speed that helps make him one of the best wide receiver prospects in the draft, it's also his 6'3", 203-pound size.

    This especially helps in the red zone, like on this two-yard touchdown reception where Tyler Bray was able to quickly find Patterson mismatched and toss it right into his breadbasket on the quick slant, ensuring a score for the Vols.

28-Yard Pass vs. Missouri (2012)

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    You likely won't see Cordarrelle Patterson pass at all in the NFL, but I am a sucker for trick plays, and this one shows that if need be, Patterson can be used in this instance.

    It was Patterson's only pass of the season, and by no means was it a beautiful pass. But it does show some versatility from the receiver, and a creative coach should have some fun using Patterson's many skills at the NFL level.

98-Yard Kickoff Return vs. Mississippi State (2012)

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    After a decent (but not great) round of initial blocking, this kickoff return is all on Patterson.

    His speed, agility and athleticism are on full display here, with Patterson causing Mississippi State players to miss him on just about every turn. He finally puts on the afterburners after he gets past midfield.

    The return game would be a great role for Patterson as he gets adjusted to the NFL game and could be worth a score for his team next season.

20-Yard Reception vs. Vanderbilt (2012)

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    On an otherwise forgettable evening for the Vols in Nashville, Patterson did make an NFL-worthy play on this 20-yard catch with Tennessee facing 3rd-and-7 at their own 42.

    Patterson uses great concentration to catch a pass that is thrown to precisely the right location. The knock on Patterson is that he uses his body to catch the ball too much (which is true), but on this play, his hands seem to work just fine.

81-Yard Punt Return vs. Vanderbilt (2012)

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    After seeing Patterson's ability to return kickoffs, here's a look at his 81-yard punt return for a touchdown.

    Here's the impressive part: Patterson not only caught the ball on a bounce (which he'll obviously be discouraged from doing in the NFL), but he also managed to break two tackles on the return, with one of those tackles nearly getting him down at the Vols' own 30-yard line before he blazed down the field for the touchdown.

    This by far is the greatest show of Patterson's athleticism, speed and agility in a season where he showed so much of it.