Feb 24, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson makes a catch during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets Draft Profile: WR Cordarrelle Patterson

This morning, we continue getting ready for the draft next month, with another one of our player profiles. This time, we take a look at a guy on the offensive side of the football. He didn’t appear too much on the radar, until Rich Cimini tweeted the following:


So, with that, we take a look at the young wide receiver from Tennessee, Cordarrelle Patterson.


He measures in at 6’2″, 216 pounds. He ran a 4.42 in the forty yard dash, and was tops in the vertical jump, recording 37 inches. A high vertical jump is certainly something that can’t hurt when playing wide receiver.

In his only season at the major college level, Patterson caught 46 passes for 778 yards and 5 TDs. He was also used a lot at the running back spot, registering 25 carries for 308 yards and 3 TDs. However, Patterson did most of his damage as a kick returner, compiling 671 yards and another touchdown on 24 attempts. He set an SEC single-season record with a combined kickoff and punt return average of 27.6 yards, and a school record of 1,858 all-purpose yards.

Here is some video to get things started:

PROS:You have to admire this guy’s speed. He gets off the line of scrimmage quickly, it doesn’t take much to get him into the high gear. He’s also got some pretty nifty footwork with the ball in his hands. Whether he was making the catch, taking the ball off a handoff, or running back a kick, he can make people miss. As a wide receiver, he has excellent hands, and with his 6’2″ 216 pound frame, does a good job at using his body to get position on the defender. He uses his blockers well when running with the football. He sets up his blocks like a guy with far more experience than he has.

CONS: Experience is the first thing you have to note with Cordarrelle. One year at the major college level is not a lot of experience. It has to be in the back of your mind, whether or not he is completely ready for the pro game at this point. We have seen the problems with guys that have come to the Jets with a small sampling of college experience,(right Mark?) You also don’t see many defenders get a hand on this guy off the line. College players often have trouble, initially, when playing against press coverage. Could Cordarrelle have a similar problem? One more thing for me, and it might seem odd but follow me for a minute. He runs the ball well as a running back, he can catch the ball, and can return kicks. Doesn’t that sound a bit like Brad Smith? A guy that is good at doing a lot of things, but not elite at anything? It doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have a career ahead of him, but is he more of that type of player? It would certainly make you question using the ninth pick of the draft on him.

Cordarrelle Patterson is a talented guy, no doubt.  He would definitely make his mark on the New York Jets.  But as I have said before, the Jets need a pass rusher much more desperately.  If they get Santonio Holmes back, healthy, pair him with Jeremy Kerley, Stephen Hill, and possibilly the return of Braylon Edwards, that group is not so bad.  Cordarrelle Patterson is not worth the 9th pick, and they could trade down for him, or get one of the many other wide receivers available.

He would be a nice addition, but not at number 9, sorry.

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  • Vincent Hall

    Watching this video makes me think he is no where near a 1st round talent. If you want a RB/KR/WR, than he’s good. Brad Smith was that too, and he was a 4th round pick up. Patterson runs no complicated routes, and his value as a WR is not that great to me.

    • TheJetPress

      That is kind of what I was thinking as well. He reminded me more of Brad Smith than a first round WR

  • tyler

    He is no brad smith, way more dynamic, extremely quick for his size, great hands, impecable vision, this guy has all the tools to be a great reciever for the jets, he is well worth the pick, the guy is a walking highlight reel and whoever gets him is goin to get the steal of the draft

    • TheJetPress

      Thanks for reading Tyler.

      So you are a big Patterson fan, huh? That’s cool. You are certainly entitled to your opinion, and if the Jets decide to take him I sure hope you are right. I don’t see him as a #9 pick from what I saw, but we are entitled to disagree, that’s what makes it fun.
      Thanks again

      • tyler

        Well im a UT fan and watched every game all year, u could obviously see that nobody was on his level in college, david amerson couldnt contain him and neither could anyone else, u put the ball in this guys hands and let the magic happen, if he should be compared to anyone let it be percy harvin, this guy is that dynamic

        • TheJetPress

          I figured you watched every game. You sounded like someone who knows what they are talking about. Let me ask you something, as someone who watched a lot of this guy. Why use him so much at running back if he is a dynamic WR? Why not just let him show his elite skills at WR? Curious to your opinion.

          • tyler

            Because UT lacked at running back, and they also wanted to get the ball in this guys hands as much as possible. If u look at his highlights every time he touches the ball he makes someone miss. UT knew he was they’re best home run hitter at the RB position so they where forced to use him there. I mean u look at the way the vikes used harvin, he returned kicks and did alot of wr reverses and took hand offs but he was still an elite reciever as well.

          • TheJetPress

            Good point/comparison to Harvin. Like I said, if the Jets take him, I sure hope you are right. Thanks for writing and reading.