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Ultimately, the success of the Minnesota Vikings' 2013 draft class will be judged on the performance of Cordarrelle Patterson, the mercurial receiver out of Tennessee that the Vikings traded four picks to New England to in order to get.
As high as Patterson's potential is, plenty of eyebrows were raised around the league when the Vikings gave up so much to get Patterson. Minnesota obviously felt like it was worth the risk to get a guy who is potentially capable of so much.
If Patterson is as good as the Vikings hope he will be, everyone will forget about what they gave up to get him.
If not, there will plenty of bemoaning what could have been if the Vikings had simply kept the picks they had.
At pick No. 52 the Vikings could have had Arthur Brown, Terrance Williams or Keenan Allen. At No. 83 they could have had Ace Sanders, Matt Barkley or Zaviar Gooden. At No. 102 they could have had Tyler Wilson, Alex Okafor or Khaseem Greene.
Will Patterson be more valuable than three players from those groups? It sure will be exciting to find out.
On paper, Patterson has a far better chance to become an NFL superstar than any of those players, and that's certainly what the Vikings are hoping for.
At 6'2" and 216 pounds with blazing speed and a great ability to make people miss, Patterson is dripping with superstar potential. He should make an immediate impact as a kick returner, and the Vikings will design plenty of ways to get the ball in his hands quickly, much like they did with Percy Harvin.
There's no doubting Patterson's talent once he has the ball in his hands. It's getting it there that might be the only issue early in his career. With just one season of SEC football under his belt, Patterson is raw in terms of running routes and reading defenses.
His upside is almost immeasurable. Imagine a Josh Cribbs who can give you 75 catches a season.
It will be incumbent on the Vikings to teach Patterson how to get open and how to catch the football at the NFL level. He has all the athleticism in the world and will quickly be a terror in gaining yards after the catch.
If everything goes according to plan, Patterson can take the spot in Vikings annals that seemed to be reserved for Percy Harvin.