2018 NFL Draft

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR

School: Tennessee  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Rock Hill, SC
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 216 lbs.
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04/25/2013 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 11. *Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee: Of this year's skill-position players, Patterson presents the most "wow" factor. In his first season at the FBS level, Patterson (6-2, 217) dominated the SEC to the tune of 154.83 all-purpose yards a game, easily the most of any player in the power conference. Some believe he's the most dynamic kick returner to enter the NFL since Devin Hester. However, concerns remain about his work ethic and ability to handle a complicated NFL offense. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/25/2013 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 23. WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee (6-2, 216, 3JR)...Based on potential and natural talent, Patterson has top-10 pick written all over him with his playmaking ability, but he's still very unpolished in many areas. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/10/2013 - It has been a dozen years since the New York Jets selected a wide receiver in the first round and more than 15 seasons since the franchise took Keyshawn Johnson with the first overall pick in the 1996 NFL Draft. With a glaring need at receiver to ease the pressure on their 2013 starter at quarterback, the Jets could target a playmaker with the No. 9 overall selection. In each of the last four regular seasons, not a single Jets receiver has finished a year with at least 60 receptions. The Jets may address the need by selecting Cordarrelle Patterson on the opening night of the Draft at the end of this month. On Wednesday, the Jets will host a pre-draft visit with the former Tennessee Volunteers wideout, according to the New York Daily News.

Patterson (6-2, 216) combines a fluidity when running routes and a physicality in outmuscling defensive backs that might remind scouts of Dwayne Bowe. It might explain why Patterson is the top receiver in CBSSports.com's latest Draft projections and the No. 12 prospect overall.

Patterson spent one season at Tennessee after setting more than a dozen records at Hutchinson Community College (Kan.). The physical receiver immediately endeared himself to the Volunteers' fan base with a two-touchdown performance in a season-opening 35-21 win over N.C. State. Patterson notched the game's opening score when he burned Wolfpack cornerback David Amerson for a 41-yard touchdown on a double-move down the left sideline. He followed it up with a 67-yard touchdown off an end around later in the first quarter. Amerson is a projected second-round selection. - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com

03/28/2013 - 2013 Tennessee Pro Day: All 32 NFL teams sent representatives to Wednesday's pro day at the University of Tennessee, where wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and quarterback Tyler Bray were the big attractions. (The Pittsburgh Steelers sent coach Mike Tomlin, offensive coordinator Todd Haley and wide receivers coach Kevin Colbert. Wide receiver coaches from the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings were there as well.)

The 6-foot-2 5/8, 217-pound Patterson did 7.21 seconds in the three-cone, slipped in the short shuttle and posted a 4.42, and decided to rest on his combine numbers for the rest of the drills. Patterson had one drop, and needs to work on his route running, but this kid has unlimited potential. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Most to gain: While there isn't a Calvin Johnson or AJ Green-type of prospect in this draft class, there are still several first-round talents. But a player who could emerge as a top-10 pick and clear-cut top wideout in this class with an impressive showing in Indy is Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson.

A top JUCO recruit a year ago, Patterson is still unpolished in a lot of areas, but there is no question about his superb athleticism and explosive playmaking ability. He set a new school record with 1,858 all-purpose yards in 2012 and was the first NCAA player to score a touchdown four ways in a season since 2008 (receiving, rushing, kick return, punt return). Time will tell if he is able to develop into more of a consistent threat, but players his size aren't supposed to move and accelerate the way he does. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, 10 players to watch: 10. WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee...While there isn't an A.J. Green or Calvin Johnson-type of prospect in this class, the 2013 NFL Draft still has several first-round caliber receivers, including Patterson. He has just one year of experience at the FBS level and is raw in several areas, but his natural athleticism is exciting. For him to potentially be drafted in the top-10, he must showcase that athleticism in Indy. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/24/2013 - TOP 10: SCHOOLS HIT HARDEST BY EARLY DEPARTURES: 2. Tennessee: There is a pretty big gap between what LSU lost and the next batch of teams. I went with the Vols here because they not only lost a three-year starter in Tyler Braybut also will provide the NFL Draft with this year's two biggest "Freak" wideouts in Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson. D-lineman Darrington Sentimore was inconsistent but did manage four sacks in his one season at UT. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

01/09/2013 - University of Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, wide receivers Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson and defensive lineman Darrington Sentimore have informed head coach Butch Jones that they intend to declare for the 2013 NFL Draft and relinquish their final year of college eligibility. A native of Rock Hill, S.C., Patterson played one season for Tennessee, starting all 12 games and setting the school record for all-purpose yardage with 1,873 total yards. He earned First Team All-SEC honors by both league coaches and the AP as the all-purpose player and All-SEC Second Team accolades from league coaches as the return specialist.

Patterson caught 46 passes for 778 yards and five touchdowns while rushing 25 times for 323 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned four punts for 101 yards and one touchdown and 24 kickoffs for 671 yards and a touchdown. Patterson scored a touchdown via kickoff return, punt return, receiving, and rushing, joining Carl Pickens (receiving, KR, PR, INT) as the only players in Tennessee history to score a touchdown four different ways in a career. Patterson is one of three Vols to score via both kickoff and punt return in the same season and one of only four to do so in a UT career, and his 275 all-purpose yards against Mississippi State in 2012 are the second-most in a game in school history. - Tennessee football

12/24/2012 - Patterson currently ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 7 WR for the 2013 NFL Draft and is considered a second-round pick. Although still unpolished as a route runner, Patterson has explosive ability with the ball in his hands with excellent acceleration and vision to weave through defenses.

Patterson transferred to Tennessee prior to the 2012 season from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound receiver finished this season second on the team with 46 catches for 778 yards and five touchdowns, earning first-team All-SEC honors. He also had three rushing touchdowns and two scores on special teams, one punt return touchdown and one kick return for a score.

Jones and those around the Tennessee program are still awaiting the decision of Volunteers starting quarterback Tyler Bray, who is strongly considering skipping his senior season for the NFL Draft. If Patterson is off to the NFL and Bray returns, the lanky, strong-armed quarterback would be without his top four receivers from 2012 (Hunter, Patterson, WR Zach Rogers and TE Mychal Rivera), who combined for 187 catches last season (65.6 percent of the team's receptions). - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/24/2012 - In an interview with the Knoxville News Sentinel, Tennessee head coach Butch Jones revealed that junior wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is "definitely going to the NFL" based on his discussions with the star receiver. Patterson has yet to confirm or deny Jones' comments. "He's a special player with a great skill set," Jones said. "I wish him well."

Jones, who replaced Derek Dooley as the head coach of the Volunteers on Dec. 7, said he has talked with the team's draft-eligible underclassmen who are considering leaving early for the NFL Draft. Earlier this week, junior WR Justin Hunter, who led the team in receiving, announced he would declare for the 2013 NFL Draft and starting RT junior Ja'Wuan James revealed he was returning to Knoxville in 2013. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/08/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): RS - Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee, has been selected Second Team All-Southeastern Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Patterson became the first player in the NCAA to record a touchdown four different ways in the same season since 2008 and the first-ever to accomplish the feat at Tennessee. He led the Vols with 10 total touchdowns (five receiving, three rushing and one each by kickoff and punt return). Patterson had 42 catches for 778 yards to go along with 25 carries for 308 yards.

He returned 24 kickoffs for 671 yards and four punts for 101 yards. He posted the fourth-greatest receiving day in UT history with nine catches for 219 yards against Troy. Against the Trojans, he racked up 275 all-purpose yards, the second-most for any Vol in a single game, ever. He scored the Vols' first punt return for a touchdown since 2003 with an 81-yard return at Vanderbilt. - Tennessee football

12/08/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): All-Purpose - Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee, Jr., has been selected First Team All-Southeastern Conference (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Patterson is Tennessee's first-ever all-purpose first-team selection. The junior had a record-setting year as he established the SEC's new single-season mark for average per return for combined kickoff and punt returns at 27.6. His kickoff return average of 28.0, ranks second all-time in the SEC for a single-season.

Patterson also established a new Tennessee record for all-purpose yards in a season with 1,858. His 154.8 all-purpose yards per game led the SEC and ranked in the top 20 in the nation. - Tennessee football

12/08/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): AP - Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee, has been selected First Team All-Southeastern Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Patterson is Tennessee's first-ever all-purpose first-team selection. The junior had a record-setting year as he established the SEC's new single-season mark for average per return for combined kickoff and punt returns at 27.6. His kickoff return average of 28.0, ranks second all-time in the SEC for a single-season.

Patterson also established a new Tennessee record for all-purpose yards in a season with 1,858. His 154.8 all-purpose yards per game led the SEC and ranked in the top 20 in the nation. - Tennessee football

11/19/2012 - WEEK 12 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: RS CORDARRELLE PATTERSON (Tennessee) -- Returned punt 81 yards for a TD against Vanderbilt, accounting for 195 return yards (punt and kickoff). - SEC football

11/15/2012 - Tennessee receivers Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson are waiting until the Volunteers' season ends before thinking about their NFL futures. Should the junior duo decide to skip their senior seasons and enter April's NFL draft, they probably won't be waiting long to hear their names called. Though he'll likely also wow scouts and NFL personnel in a combine setting, one NFL scouting director believes Patterson isn't ready. "He's a pretty instinctive football player," the scout said, "but he's not ready made to come into the league and play. He does have the physical talent." "I think his talent is so impressive that it's going to be hard to keep him out of the NFL," the scouting director said. "He's really a talented a kid, and even during some of his flops this season, the talent shows through. You see his size, his speed and his athletic ability, and he just looks like an NFL guy. "He's going to have an easier road, because he's a good kid. He doesn't have a lot of problems. He's going to go to the workout and be outstanding." Until the decision that will precede any workout, though, Hunter and Patterson are keeping their focus on a strong finish to their junior seasons with two games and perhaps a bowl left to play. "I ain't talked about it with nobody yet," Patterson said, "but I know me and my family will probably talk about it when the season's over and see what's best for me." - Patrick Brown, Chattanooga Times Free Press

10/16/2012 - SEC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 7: Keep an eye on: WR Cordarrelle Patterson, 6-3, 205, Tennessee: Why you should watch him? Patterson is one of the best pure athletes in the SEC. His route running needs some development, but the Vols are finding ways to get him the ball in space, and it's paying off. Against Mississippi State on Saturday, he scored on a 97-yard kickoff return, caught a TD pass and rushed for 57 yards on three carries. Season stats (six games): 23 receptions for 315 yards, 3 TDs; 11 rushes for 214 yards, 2 TDs; Kickoff return for a TD. Player ranking: Patterson is ranked as the No. 48 prospect overall and is the sixth-best WR in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Patterson can make quite a statement if he has a huge play against Alabama on Saturday. - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com

10/15/2012 - WEEK 7 SEC TRI-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cordarrelle Patterson, Return Specialist/Wide Receiver, Tennessee, Jr.,...Patterson tallied 197 all-purpose yards, including a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, in Tennessee's 41-31 loss at Mississippi State. - SEC football