Our series looking at potential Miami Dolphins 2013 NFL Draft prospects continues today. Once again, we turn to the SB Nation blog covering the prospect's college team for an insider look.
Today, we will take a look at Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. To get our scouting report on Patterson, we turn to Tennessee blog Rocky Top Talk editor-in-chief Joel Hollingsworth.
Patterson is a freakish athlete. Huge, with all of the right specs and yet somehow all of the quickness and shiftiness that you usually only find in guys who are smaller. He sets up would-be tacklers better than I've seen in a very long time. Every single time he touched the ball, you thought something out of the ordinary was going to happen. We haven't had a player like that on the field since Eric Berry, and he was on defense and so only got the ball when he stole it. Patterson, because of his position, got the ball more often.
He didn't get it even more often, though, because he apparently never really learned to run routes very well. He wasn't the smartest guy on the team, and word is that he also wasn't the most coachable. Although that may be better worded "not coachable by Derek Dooley." There was one series of events across two games, I think, where he gave up a touchdown for celebrating before he got across the goal line (yes, that's a real rule in college) and then almost did the same thing on his very next opportunity.
But those negatives can be explained away by remembering that he was a JUCO transfer, that this was his first year on the big stage, and that he was on a team without many good leaders and in a situation that was going down the drain. The guy is absolutely fantastic with the ball in his hands, and we would love to have him back for another year. With the right coach in the NFL, he can be a legit superstar.
Thank you to Hollingsworth for sharing his thoughts on Patterson. Check out Rocky Top Talk for more on Patterson and all things Vols.
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