After trading often injured wide receiver Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks for a first round pick no less, the Minnesota Vikings drafted his replacement in breakout star wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. Patterson exploded on the scene in 2012 for the University of Tennessee Volunteers who seemingly scored at will last year as he had five receiving touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns, a kickoff return for a touchdown and a punt return for a touchdown. Simply put, he can be an incredibly dangerous weapon in nearly all facets. That being said, Patterson had the highest ceiling coming out for the NFL Draft this year. By the same token, however, he had the lowest basement as well due to playing only one year at the NCAA FBS level as he played two years at the community college level. He still has an amazing frame for a wide receiver at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds.
For the Buffalo Bills, Patterson will be the slot wide receiver that falls onto a player like second year cornerback in Ron Brooks or undrafted rookie Nickell Robey who by all accounts has really impressed the coaching staff so far. If the Bills can shut him down, they will be shutting down the biggest home run threat the Vikings have in the wide receiver corps and it’s not even close. Jerome Simpson is good, but he doesn’t have the upside of Patterson.
All in all it should be interesting to see what the Bills secondary does to halt if not completely shut down Cordarrelle Patterson’s progression into becoming a star in the NFL.