The 2013 NFL Draft is fast approaching, and as it does, the talk about the possibilities begins to heat up. One such possibility that bears discussion is whether or not the Buffalo Bills would be willing to use their first round pick on Cordarrelle Patterson, the talented prospect out of Tennessee. The topic was recently introduced by Shane Hallam of Draft Count Down, and it is worth considering.
The Bills have the eighth selection in this year’s draft, and although they have more obvious needs that could be addressed with the eighth overall selection, a sneaky move may be for them to grab Patterson when they get the chance.
Buffalo already boasts a talented wide receiver in Stevie Johnson, but beyond him, the receiving corps is lacking. Reaching for Patterson in the top 10 may be a surprise move, but it makes a lot of sense for a team that struggled to keep the offense moving as opponents made adjustments.
Last off-season, Johnson had the chance to bolt from Buffalo and push his price in free agency, but instead opted to stay put, settling for less money to do so. This shows the flashy and often misunderstood receiver is willing to do what it takes to make the franchise better. Bringing in a rookie as raw as Patterson is would certainly be a move Johnson would have to be in line with, but based on what Johnson has shown, he would likely be excited to have Patterson there.
The biggest question surrounding this selection could have nothing to do with Patterson at all. Instead, the deciding factor could be the Bills quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick. If the staff does not feel Fitzpatrick is capable of making Patterson worth such a high selection, they could pass on the kid.
At 6 foot 3, 205 pounds, Patterson would be any QB’s dream, but he is also very raw, with limited college experience. Fitzpatrick can sling the ball, but does the brain trust in Buffalo feel he could sling it well enough to make an underdeveloped prospect a top-10 pick? It is hard to say.
If the stigma of making the selection in the top 10 is too much for Buffalo, they could always look to trade out of the eighth spot, and see what type of extra they could get, while still pulling Patterson at a different position.
The problem with this is, the Miami Dolphins may be looking at Patterson as well, and if he is still on the board when they come up at 12, then he may not be there when they announce the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be on the clock. This would limit the Bills ability to move around much, unless they were willing to roll the dice on which direction Miami would decide to go.
Regardless of how you look at it, Patterson would be a nice edition to a team that could use a player to open up the offense a bit. With Johnson, Patterson, and the running attack of C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, defenses would have a difficult time keeping everyone under wraps. If Fitzpatrick played up to his ability, things could become extremely interesting in Buffalo.
At this point, there is no telling which direction the Bills will go when their name is called, but the possibilities make it an exciting guessing game, and Patterson makes for a terrific option at this point in the game.