Up next is Tennessee wide out Cordarrelle Patterson who we identified as a possible Vikings target back in January. Shortly after that article came about, Patterson began to skyrocket in terms of his perceived draft stock. Despite growing concerns about his lack of experience, football intelligence, and general maturity, Patterson remained near the top of his class and was one of only three wide outs selected in the first round.
CORDARRELLE PATTERSON, WR, TENNESSEE
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 216 pounds
Arm Length: 31 3/4″
If Patterson’s game tape hadn’t caught the attention of NFL front offices, then his performance at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine should have done the trick. Despite his size, Patterson was clocked as the sixth fastest wide out in the forty yard dash. He also tied for the fifth highest vertical jump and the sixth longest broad jump. As was expected to be the case, however, Patterson’s athleticism could not mask some inconsistencies in the positional drills.
Forty: 4.42 seconds
Vertical Jump: 37″
Broad Jump: 128″
The Vikings were among the teams that met with Patterson at the Combine, and there are mixed reports about how well his interviews went, but we do know that he scored an “11” on the Wonderlic test which has led to the “dumb” label being applied often and heavily by anyone with access to the internet. Patterson, however refuses to accept that label and has a simple answer for why we shouldn’t be concerned about it.
“You can’t judge anything on the Wonderlic,” Patterson said plainly. “That has nothing to do with football.”
Keyshawn Johnson also scored an 11 on the Wonderlic, prior to being the #1 overall pick of the 1996 NFL Draft, and he came to Patterson’s defense prior to the Draft.
“If somebody is using the Wonderlic to determine if a player can play football, then the scouting department needs to be checked,” Johnson said. “…But I played 11 years, and was always accused of being one of the smartest players on the team.”