Cordarrelle Patterson hit the NAS button when draft season began.
Once considered a mid-round prospect, Patterson saw his draft stock skyrocket as draftniks and evaluators put the magnifying glass on his tape.
Indeed, Patterson is one of the draft's most dynamic players, but recent concerns about polish and intelligence have put a drag on his draft potential.
Will he be taken in the first round? Before we get to that, though, here are five things you need to know about Cordarrelle Patterson.
Full Name: Cordarrelle Patterson
Birthday: March 17, 1991
Hometown: Rock Hill, South Carolina
Year: 2012 (Junior)
Patterson makes his way to the NFL by circuitous route.
The talented receiver didn't even play football right out of high school until landing at Hutchinson Community College. He was there for two years before transferring to Tennessee.
Watching Cordarrelle Patterson film is like chugging an energy drink.
The former Volunteer is not unlike a 6'2" version of Percy Harvin. He might not be as well-versed in offensive concepts and route-running, but he can put up stats quickly. And his return skills are a big bonus.
You will note he spent the first two years of his career at junior college before spending just one season at the FBS level, a fact that is not lost on NFL executives and scouts.
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Weight: 216 lbs.
Arm Length: 31.75"
Hand Size: 9"
40-yard dash: 4.42 seconds
Broad jump: 128.0 inches
Vertical jump: 37.0 inches (top performer)
As noted earlier, Patterson quickly rose the ranks to the top of the wide receiver heap, at least for a while. He maintained altitude at the combine, performing well in the events he participated in.
There are some knocks to be made about his measurables. For starters, Patterson measured in smaller than he was listed—just shy of 6'2" when he was listed at 6'3" in college. He also has shorter-than-ideal arms, and his hand size could be a reason why he consistently catches with his body.
The biggest reason why Patterson isn't the consensus top receiver right now is his relative lack of experience.
Patterson didn't even play football his first year out of high school, attending North Carolina Tech in 2009 before transferring to JUCO at Hutchinson CC.
He landed with Tennessee after two productive seasons in JUCO, and got his real shot when Da'Rick Rogers was dismissed from the Volunteers prior to the 2012 season.
Patterson has thrived when given the chance, but his one season of FBS experience is hurting his draft stock, at least in the public eye.
Cordarrelle Patterson's spot atop the wide receiving heap among the masses has been usurped by Tavon Austin. Has Twitter crowned a new king?
Cordarrelle Patterson to me is Percy Harvin in Torrey Smith's body with Greg Little's hands and understanding of playing WR— Ian Kenyon (@IanKenyonNFL) April 11, 2013
According to league source, Cordarrelle Patterson may fall out of the 1st.Eric Reid's stock is on the rise and could go round 1— Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) April 10, 2013
Filed a final Cordarrelle Patterson comparison video tonight. Top 7 player. Julio Jones ceiling.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 14, 2013
David Amerson on Cordarrelle Patterson: "He's definitely worth the hype."
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) February 24, 2013
Most interesting SEC player is Cordarrelle Patterson of Tennessee. Very raw but does amazing things with ball in his hands. 1st?— Tony Barnhart (@MrCFB) April 25, 2013