6-2 | 216 lbs.
46 REC, 778 YDS, 5 TD | 25 CAR, 308 YDS, 3 TD
Minnesota Vikings (1st Round, 29th overall)
Great frame to go up against bigger cornerbacks at the next level. Has the speed and elusiveness to separate from defensive backs at the line and in the open field. Patterson is a home run threat any time he touches the ball. Will make the tough catches look easy at times. Great vision and cutting ability with the ball in his hands. Powers through arm tackles and and defenders bounce off him. Natural talent. Spent time as a kickoff/punt returner and had 25 carries out of the backfield during his final season at Tennessee.
Drops have been an issue for the former Volunteer and he's always been a "body" catcher. Needs to refine his route running. Concentration lapses when in the open field could cause fumbling issues at the next level. Needs to become a better blocker in the running game. Only played one year at the FBS level and his game is still very raw.
Fit for the Vikings:
The Vikings paid a steep price (2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 7th round selections) to move back into the first round and take Patterson. The talented wide receiver from Tennessee might not be ready to start Week 1 because he still needs to work on his route running. But once he gets that down, he could be a dangerous addition to a Vikings offense that now includes Greg Jennings and Adrian Peterson.