NFL Draft 2015

Mock 2.0: Vikings Land Two First Round Picks

I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but I’ve had Marcus Mariota as the Buccaneers top choice and #1 pick long before NFL Networks Mike Mayock moved him ahead of Jameis Winston in his latest mock.

“The two biggest negatives to me about Winston are the on-the-field interceptions and the off-the-field trust factor,”  Mayock told the Daily News last week.

Yes, I’m sticking with Mariota at #1 in my latest mock, especially after Winston’s former attorney now claims that the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner isn’t ready to be an NFL player “off-the-field”.

I’m also sticking with DeVante Parker to the Vikings at 11, not only because the Vikings need to make sure Bridgewater has a true #1 wide receiver, but it also opens the door for the Vikings to trade Cordarrelle Patterson and get back into the first round to grab a player they covet. In my mock update, it’s CB Byron Jones that they target. Be sure to checkout Jackson McIntire’s scouting report on Jones here.

I’m a huge Cordarrelle Patterson fan. I think he is one of the most dangerous and explosive players in the NFL with the ball in his hands. But it’s no secret that Patterson’s development as a true #1 wideout didn’t go well in 2014 under offensive coordinator Norv Turner.

Does that mean his value has dropped, or that he should only be reduced to standing on the sidelines? I don’t think so.

Unlocking the potential of Cordarrelle Patterson is simply about how you line him up and get the football in his hands. Patterson just needs a little help getting separation. You can waste time trying to coach that up, or you can simply line him up off the line (in the slot or backfield) to help get him his touches.

Norv Turner employs a vertical system and a quarterback that can accurately get the ball down the field. Creating gadget plays out of the slot or backfield for Patterson is not what Turner is all about.

Tom Brady and the Patriots on the other hand know how to create mis-matches to take advantage of short passes that produce yards-after-the-catch. Patterson’s best fit is a team that has the ingenuity to manufacture touches that can lead to dynamic offensive production after the catch.

The Patriots originally traded the Patterson pick to the Vikings in 2013, and you can bet the New England fan base hasn’t forgotten about who they could’ve had.

Don’t shot the messenger on this one! I didn’t create the Patterson on the trading block rumors, but I for one believe his value in the NFL is still extremely high. The knock on him today is the same as it was before the 2013 NFL Draft. So, his value should still be relatively the same, right?

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Carl Knowles

Carl Knowles (Contributor) is a former member of the Professional Bowler Association and an avid lifelong Vikings fan. When he is not bowling you can find him on websites and forum pages sharing his creative insight and enthusiasm for the Minnesota Vikings any chance he gets. Carl was a Phoenix Institute of Technology and Purdue University standout who currently enjoys the challenge of being a graphic director in the printing business. You can follow him on twitter @carlknowles_vt.

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  1. Vikings Radio Network commentator Pete Bercich recently tweeted that the Texans inquired about Cordarrelle. The Texans head coach Bill O’Brien was a former offensive coordinator for the Patriots. The offensive systems have some similarities. If O’Brien and the Texans are interested, good chance the Patriots could also have a similar vision for Cordarrelle.

    Patriots need help at wide receiver, with 6 WR off the board in the first round, the demand for Cordarrelle will build.

    Patriots could save cap money by cutting underachieving Danny Amendola.

  2. If you get a first round pick for CP you can toot all you want. Why not Tre and Dorsett and we keep Cordell to see how he plays with big guns in the house. Patriots are not that dumb. If they made that trade Jets and Ravens would whine that we are in Kahoots with Belichic

  3. We knew Cordarelle was raw when we drafted him. We would be foolish to let him go already. If he develops even mediocre position skills he will be a force.

  4. I agree, but from what I saw from the coaching staff last season “might” suggests that they do not have the time or energy to develop him. Nobody would have predicted that the Vikings would have pickedup Charles Johnson to develop over Patterson.

    Patterson still has high value in the right system. No question about it, and you will see many more articles like this one pop up in the coming days.

  5. I like trading Patterson to get back in to the first great idea to get byron jones but I still don’t like a reciever at 11 I like Sherff or bud Dupree skoll Vikings drink from the skull cap of Rogers

    1. I like Bud Dupree too. My next option is to move up to 16 with the Texans and package a late round pick or 2 to move up for him.

      Skoll, the Vikes could take Waynes or anyone at 11, and trade Patterson and picks to Miami.. and also walk away with Dupree or anyone they covet.

      Any number of trade combinations and deals could be arranged anywhere in that first round, but Patterson is the real meal ticket in my opinion not Adrian.

      Many teams still want Cordarrelle Patterson, the question is, what will the trade look like?

      Miami, Texans, KC, 49ers, Baltimore, Philly and Patriots are just a few teams under the Vikes that are looking for WR help that could show some kind of interest in doing some form of a trade for Patterson.

      My mock option is just one idea of many that could be constructed.

  6. I would. Take Darren Waller in the 3rd skoll Vikings drink from the skull cap of Rogers

  7. Thank you Carl I like that you respond to comments. I think you are right about the Vikings not taking the time to develop Patterson and I think it’s in our best interest to trade him while he still has value. Good player just not the right fit for the Vikings. That’s why I like Waller we don’t have a big red zone reciever and that is what Waller is. Skoll Vikings drink from the skull cap of Rogers

  8. drifter86,
    Good comment… yes, I’ve heard the Patriots have a complex offense for wide recievers. No debate on that.

    But my view is that Patterson’s value is not as a traditional wide receiver anyway.

    CP has ran the ball 22 times in 2 years and he’s averaged over 12.5 yards per run. He has rushed for 4 TD. A TD very 5.5 times he is handed the ball. He ran the ball 25 times at Tennessee his senior year and averaged 12.3 yards per carry.

    Why not line him up in the backfield or slot more often and hand him the ball?

    His yards after the catch (YAC) average over the last 2 years is 6 yards.
    That is near top 10 for that time frame.

    His 78 career receptions isn’t bad either.

    I think his work ethic and his inability to create separation could be more of the issue than his ability to pick up an offense?

    Why didn’t the Vikings use Patterson as a runner out of the backfield more especially with no AD and McKinnon went down with an injury?

    Patterson took a pitch from the backfield all the way to the house in game 1, yet he only got 9 other rushing attempts the rest of the season.

    Knowing how to line up in the backfield and take a pitch or handoff is easier to grasp than the WR position. Cordarrelle had that concept down in game 1 and was rarely used on the easiest types of plays to learn.

    The Vikings offense was probably very basic with a rookie QB, so Patterson, IMO, was in the dog house for something more than not being smart enough to learn the offense.

    The Patriots offense is certainly harder to grasp than Turner’s was last season, and the Patriots may not be the best fit, I will give you those points.