Former Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson will represent the Vols in New York City during the first day of the NFL Draft, the league confirmed Wednesday.
Patterson, who caught 46 passes for 778 yards during his only season at UT, is considered a likely first-round draft choice. Another Tennessee receiver who was considered a possible first-round pick, Justin Hunter, was not among the players chosen for the trip to New York.
The three-day draft runs April 25-27, although Day 1 is focused only on the first round. Although there have been whispers that Patterson’s stock was slipping, the NFL invite is a good indication that he remains a consensus first-round selection.
Patterson is the first Vol selected to be appear in New York since Eric Berry in 2010. Berry was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs with the No. 5 overall pick.
In addition to Patterson and Hunter, quarterback Tyler Bray is likely to be selected anywhere from the second to fourth round. Offensive lineman Dallas Thomas is also seen as a potential early-round pick.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him on Twitter.