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After the Vikings traded back into the first round in 2013 to select wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, fans were told he was an athletic wonder, who, though still very raw, could provide many of the things Percy Harvin had while he was in purple.
They were undersold.
Patterson is a pulsating video game pixel come to life. Where Percy Harvin was a marvelous player, he looked like he was trying as hard as he possibly could on every play. Patterson, at 6'2", 220 pounds, was equally effective, but he honestly never even looked like he had to go higher than second gear.
Watching Patterson was like watching an eighth-grader playing touch football with a bunch of fourth-graders.
Patterson took the opening kickoff in the second game of the season against the Chicago Bears 105 yards for a touchdown, and he was just getting started. He scored nine touchdowns on the season, two on kickoff returns, including an NFL-record 109-yard return.
He caught 45 passes on the year for 469 yards and four touchdowns and also had 12 rushes for 158 yards and three more touchdowns. He is literally a threat to score a touchdown every time he gets his hands on the ball and might already be the most explosive player in the NFL.
The sky is the limit for Patterson, who barely scratched the surface of what he can do as a receiver. Objective No. 1 for Turner and his offensive staff will be to get Patterson to become a professional route-runner so that defenses will need to constantly account for where he is on the field.
Patterson clearly has the ability to become a three-tier receiver, a player who can catch quick-hitters, intermediate routes and go routes. Patterson is such a phenomenal runner that he can be equally dangerous at all three levels.
The Vikings have their next superstar in Patterson. He is doing the Vikings No. 84 proud.