Thursday, September 3, 2015

Cordarrelle Pattereson

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This week’s Vikings Fan Spotlight is the final segment of a 3-week project. I had such an amazing response on Twitter from Vikings fans all over the world, and I decided to break this feature into three separate parts. 

Simon Bruus – Denmark – @Bruusen

SimonQ: How did you first become a Vikings fan?
A: My grandfather’s great grandfather is from Minneapolis, and my grandfather […] calls himself “The biggest Vikings fan in Europe.” He religiously follows the Vikings every Sunday when they’re on, and he also religiously watch[es] the University of Minnesota’s football team, the Golden Gophers. Sometimes when I was younger, [I would] stay at my grandparents’ just to watch the Vikings with him, therefore the transition to becoming a Vikings fan was very easy.

Q: Are there a lot of other Vikings fans in Denmark?
A: In Norway [where I am studying abroad], there are almost none as I know of, but in Denmark there is a huge Vikings community. Denmark in general is a very “NFL-happy” nation and as far as I know one of the biggest followers of the sport outside the U.S.

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Mike Zimmer is a no-nonsense, football-first head coach. When Zimmer took over a sinking ship for the Vikings in 2014, he inherited a young team coming off a 5-10-1 record the previous year. Things changed quickly, as players bought into Zimmer’s mentality and rookies like Teddy Bridgewater and Anthony Barr performed well in key moments.

Early Thursday morning, Zimmer addressed the media at the NFL Scouting Combine, elaborating on his debut 7-9 season and looking ahead to 2015.

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On Monday, Vikings.com writer Mike Wobschall posted an article and accompanying video that covered the Top 5 Draft Choices in Vikings History.

Wobby’s list included the following players in the respective order:

          5. LB Scott Studwell (9th round, 1977)

          4. WR Randy Moss (1st round, 1998)

          3. DT Alan Page (1st round, 1967)

          2. QB Fran Tarkenton (3rd round, 1961)

          1. RB Adrian Peterson (1st round, 2007)

 

While I certainly can’t disagree with these names, it got me thinking about other players not on the list that would be a close runner-up.

For me, I can’t help thinking Cordarrelle Patterson.

I know I’m premature here, and I’ll probably get some serious flack for it… although we’ve only been able to see Patterson in one season of action thus far, the numbers–and pure speed–speak for themselves! During the 2013-14 season, Patterson grabbed 45 receptions for 469 yards. It can also be argued that, had Minnesota had a more consistent QB situation, the rookie would have delivered even stronger numbers.

Had the Vikings not traded up to get the receiver in the first round, the offense would have a very different look.

I would love to get some reader feedback on this one … which Vikings draft pick would you add to this list?


 

 

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