Editor’s note: The second in an occasional series on NFL draft prospects that would be a good fit for the Patriots. The NFL draft is April 25-27.
Name: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Overview: Patterson’s stock shot up after his 2012 season, one in which he was expected to be no more than the third receiver in the Vols’ offense. But after an injury to teammate Da’Rick Rogers, Patterson exploded. The junior finished with 46 catches for 778 yards and 5 receiving touchdowns.
He’s a fast receiver, able to get separation with his 4.42 speed. But he also is versatile. He scored touchdowns in four ways (receiving, rushing, punt return, kick return). His three rushing TDs were third-best for Tennessee.
With only three receivers under contract at this moment, the Patriots should be eyeing receivers such as Patterson, tall and fast. And as you’ll see from his highlights above, his ability to change direction on the fly is phenomenal.
The Patriots would love for him to fall to them at No. 29.
Workout results (combine)
40-yard dash: 4.42