Tennesse's Cordarrelle Patterson picked 29th by Vikings

First Vol in first round since 2010

Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson from Tennessee holds up the team jersey after being selected 29th overall by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2013 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.  (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

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Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson from Tennessee holds up the team jersey after being selected 29th overall by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2013 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

The Minnesota Vikings, desperate for a big-play receiver, traded their way back into the first round to pick Tennessee’s Cordarrelle Patterson with the 29th overall pick of the NFL draft on Thursday night.

“With his hands on the ball, he can be outstanding,” said former NFL coach and current analyst Jon Gruden on the ESPN broadcast. “He’s going to be an electrifying return man, but he’s a work in progress as a receiver.”

The Vikings traded receiver Percy Harvin last month, so when they traded with New England to acquire a third pick in the first round, speculation immediately centered on Patterson, who was still on the board.

“The Vikings have a desperate need for a wide receiver,” said ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper. “Is he ready to start as a rookie? That would be my only question.”

Patterson was the first Vol selected in the first round since safety Eric Berry and defensive tackle Dan Williams were picked in the first round in 2010. He’s the 20th UT player chosen in the first round in the last 20 years.

Teammate Justin Hunter, also a receiver, is expected to follow closely on Patterson’s heals and could be selected early in the second round on Friday. Gruden even said he believes Hunter is a better prospect than Patterson.

Patterson, invited to watch the proceedings at Radio City Music Hall in New York, spent most of Thursday evening in the green room as teams stocked up on big men in the trenches.

The first seven players selected were offensive or defensive linemen. West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin broke the drought when he was selected with the No. 8 pick by the St. Louis Rams, but a receiver wasn’t called again until Clemson’s DeAndre Hopkins went to the Houston Texans with the 27th choice.

In addition to Hunter, several Vols — and former Vols — could be selected on Day 2, which includes the second and third rounds. Quarterback Tyler Bray and offensive lineman Dallas Thomas are all possibilities. Additionally, former UT receiver Da’Rick Rogers and defensive lineman Montori Hughes could be selected.

Patterson is from Rock Hill, S.C., about 30 minutes south of Charlotte, and went to Northwestern High School, where he played with current Vol quarterback Justin Worley.

Patterson wasn’t close to qualifying academically out of high school, but he was considered one of the nation’s top junior college prospects when he left Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College two years later.

He signed with the Vols despite Tennessee already having two elite-level receivers in Hunter and Rogers. But when Rogers was kicked off the team shortly before the start of the 2012 season, Patterson moved quickly into a major role.

Patterson set a UT record with 1,858 all-purpose yards and scored touchdowns rushing, receiving and by a punt and kickoff return.

Patterson is already readying for the NFL lifestyle. Hours before the draft, apparel and shoe brand PUMA announced that it had signed a three-year endorsement deal with Patterson.

In a release, Patterson said he felt “on top of the world” with “PUMA by my side.”

PUMA, based in Germany, has a stable of soccer players and also outfits track legend Usain Bolt. Patterson will join New England tight end Aaron Hernandez as only its second signed football player.

Known for its bold colors, PUMA seems a good fit for Patterson, who attended the draft wearing a colorful bow tie and oversized sunglasses.

Tennessee coach Butch Jones didn’t have to wait long to see one of his former players drafted. Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher was picked first overall by the Kansas City Chiefs.

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reg_mza#219136 writes:

Congrats CP, make the Vol Nation proud up in Minnesota!

lemme_axya_this writes:

Viking fans will soon forget Percy Harvin.

chattabluetick writes:

About time! He will make Vikings fans forget about Harvin.

WetumpkaThumpa writes:

They got a steal.

alfrizzle097 writes:

in response to WetumpkaThumpa:

They got a steal.

I think they gave up four draft picks for that one. That's pretty steep. That being said, he'll be a star. I hear an analyst say the other day "This guy moves like Percy Harvin in Terrell Owen's body. He's a solid third round pick." WHAT?!?!? That description is of an all time great.

tovolny writes:

Talent...he has it.

Experience...he doesn't have it.

Smarts...he couldn't run a read route.

Self discipline...does he have it?

Would make a better running back than a WR.

He ran away from tackling when turnovers and interceptions occurred.

Will probably be successful as a returner, because he doesn't know how to catch a ball.

tnvol34 writes:

As usual, Titans let a playmaker get away, by not taking Patterson!

Henley-Street-Bridge writes:

Patterson reminds me of the kid on the play ground that's just faster or jump higher than you. I don't think he can remember the play 1/2 the time after the huddle is broken, as there were a number of times last year, that he's not even running the correct route.

Raw talent at best, If I had my rathers,it would have been Justin Hunter in the 1st round, and this work in process Patterson (who dressed like an S&W waiter last night aka a Clown), Justin would have been my higher pick.

GO VOLS

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to tovolny:

Talent...he has it.

Experience...he doesn't have it.

Smarts...he couldn't run a read route.

Self discipline...does he have it?

Would make a better running back than a WR.

He ran away from tackling when turnovers and interceptions occurred.

Will probably be successful as a returner, because he doesn't know how to catch a ball.

GROW UP IDIOT!

SummittsCourt writes:

The Vikings got a player that will be a star for many years! Congratulations!

jimr07 writes:

in response to tovolny:

Talent...he has it.

Experience...he doesn't have it.

Smarts...he couldn't run a read route.

Self discipline...does he have it?

Would make a better running back than a WR.

He ran away from tackling when turnovers and interceptions occurred.

Will probably be successful as a returner, because he doesn't know how to catch a ball.

I am inclined to think Minnesota knows more about evaluating talent than you.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

CP proved he could play big time CFB after shredding defenses in the SEC..I have no doubt he's NFL caliber, now it's time to prove you can do it in the pros..

cheetah-vol writes:

in response to tnvol34:

As usual, Titans let a playmaker get away, by not taking Patterson!

While it would've been fun to see CP as a Titan, you can have all the playmakers you want, but if you don't have anybody who can block for them, it won't matter. Just ask Chris Johnson. Even tho he's an ex-Bammer, he's pretty darn good, so they got the guy both wanted and needed in 1st round. They will also be looking to fill the need for a D-lineman and a corner. They may pick up another receiver, and Hunter is in that mix of their choices. And, in case you didn't hear, Tyler had a private workout with them earlier this week. Too early to say, but the Titans and several other pro teams are seriously looking at the Vols O-lineman for the draft next year.

govolsn3 writes:

Every other post on here last year said DOOLEY couldn't recruit. Huh, didn't recall seeing any possible 1st round NFL draft picks on this years recruiting class. Maybe one might jump out of the pack and surprise me. GO VOLS

rtrchatt writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

CP proved he could play big time CFB after shredding defenses in the SEC..I have no doubt he's NFL caliber, now it's time to prove you can do it in the pros..

NO problem for the Crimson Tide...but then again who is wearing the puke orange? You have Alabama defense, SEC defense and then UT "ole" D.

dlobh writes:

"Tennesse's Cordarrelle Patterson picked 29th by Vikings" - wow - live and work in Tennessee and can't spell Tennessee?

utclyde16 writes:

Tired of listening to all these people that don't think CP is smart enough to play or has the right tools to play. This guy is going to prove a lot of people wrong. As far as people that think Hunter should have gone higher, I don't. Hunter was scared to be back on the field and it showed in a lot of games where he missed some big catches. I hope he improves and does good, but I think CP helped more last year. Someone mentioned CP looked like an S&W waiter last night. Maybe he did, but how many waiters will be making millions of dollars. I'm sure CP is laughing all the way to the bank at a lot of the naysayers out there. Good luck CP and all the other VOLS that will be drafted today.

SaintDeacon187 writes:

Tennessee has two 'e's at the end.

pcorange writes:

I'm glad for Patterson. He deserved to be a first round pick. Very talented individual.

MetroplexMojo writes:

Every time a UT player gets drafted or does well in the NFL, its a positive for UT and recruiting. Hopefully, CP, JH, TB and the rest of the drafted players get the guidance, coaching and leadership that was missing the last 3 yrs in order to fulfill their potential.

CantStandCantStandSaban writes:

Hope he pans out as a WR, but he'll probably do the most damage as a returner. Reminds me of Devin Hester.

shipperman#280095 writes:

He was hardly a VOL...Played 1 year to build up his stock.

usafvol writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

NO problem for the Crimson Tide...but then again who is wearing the puke orange? You have Alabama defense, SEC defense and then UT "ole" D.

Then you have the Updyke bammers like yourself who are as stupid as the day is long. Bammaroids give the the other 49 states something to laugh at on a regular basis; thanks for the laughs!

CoverOrange writes:

in response to shipperman#280095:

He was hardly a VOL...Played 1 year to build up his stock.

Albeit, and entertaining year for us Vol fans.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to Henley-Street-Bridge:

Patterson reminds me of the kid on the play ground that's just faster or jump higher than you. I don't think he can remember the play 1/2 the time after the huddle is broken, as there were a number of times last year, that he's not even running the correct route.

Raw talent at best, If I had my rathers,it would have been Justin Hunter in the 1st round, and this work in process Patterson (who dressed like an S&W waiter last night aka a Clown), Justin would have been my higher pick.

GO VOLS

Curious to know how you knew what the correct route was suppose to be that CP didn't run half the time.

suggest_removal_4_all_troll_posts writes:

CP is pure electricity! A steal!

With practice anyone can learn a pass route or how to block.

bosscat writes:

IMO, the last paragraph in this article was the most interesting. Is it correct to say that this Central Michigan Offensive Tackle was a Butch Jones recruit? Wonder how many stars he had coming out of high school? At the least, coach bUTch deserves an "atta boy" and we can continue to think that bUTch could just be the real deal. On a "grin and bear it" note, isn't it a sad commentary that, at least a few--Foster and now Patterson, Tennessee players seem to be "works in progress" in terms of the NFL. The upside to that is the fact that "coaching them up" really does make a difference. It seems we haven't had it in the last few years. It also seems that we may have it now. Go Vols.

baldingalum writes:

in response to suggest_removal_4_all_troll_posts:

CP is pure electricity! A steal!

With practice anyone can learn a pass route or how to block.

He is electric. He will be a great returner and when he gets the ball in his hands he will know what to do with it. That written, running routes in the NFL is extremely complicated. Routes change and/or are broken off based on coverage packages. It's difficult. I do think he will struggle for awhile.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to usafvol:

Then you have the Updyke bammers like yourself who are as stupid as the day is long. Bammaroids give the the other 49 states something to laugh at on a regular basis; thanks for the laughs!

USAF,

Accurate description of Roll-Troll-Roll, Chatterbox.

Hey USAF........off we go into the wild blue yonder..........and then at 10,000 feet, let this troll free fall.

Go Air Force and Go Vols

eVOLved writes:

This is a dbag sentence: "Patterson wasn’t close to qualifying academically out of high school"

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

NO problem for the Crimson Tide...but then again who is wearing the puke orange? You have Alabama defense, SEC defense and then UT "ole" D.

No problem huh? Is Rolando McClain still in jail? Keith McCants all over again. Your smart aleck comments nullify your attempts to share Godly wisdom. Can a fountain bring forth at the same place both sweet water and bitter?

StoneJackBaller writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

NO problem for the Crimson Tide...but then again who is wearing the puke orange? You have Alabama defense, SEC defense and then UT "ole" D.

Puke orange is better than menstrual red. Flow Tide!

brokendownoldvol writes:

Offensive rookie of the yr.

MetroplexMojo writes:

in response to lemme_axya_this:

No problem huh? Is Rolando McClain still in jail? Keith McCants all over again. Your smart aleck comments nullify your attempts to share Godly wisdom. Can a fountain bring forth at the same place both sweet water and bitter?

McClain posted bail and is out of jail...Parole Tide

golfman1975 writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

NO problem for the Crimson Tide...but then again who is wearing the puke orange? You have Alabama defense, SEC defense and then UT "ole" D.

Paybacks are heck...better be careful.

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to StoneJackBaller:

Puke orange is better than menstrual red. Flow Tide!

That's hilarious.

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to MetroplexMojo:

McClain posted bail and is out of jail...Parole Tide

Another bammer, hyped up on antler spray.

pj_ladyvolnMI writes:

Congratulations, CP! Vol Nation is proud of you and looking forward to following your success in the NFL!

suggest_removal_4_all_troll_posts writes:

in response to baldingalum:

He is electric. He will be a great returner and when he gets the ball in his hands he will know what to do with it. That written, running routes in the NFL is extremely complicated. Routes change and/or are broken off based on coverage packages. It's difficult. I do think he will struggle for awhile.

I concur! But as some others think, he will not struggle forever!

He'll look stupid on a few plays - run an out route when he's supposed to curl in - be outsmarted by a safety -- but he'll figure out that stuff.

Geofffourmyle writes:

"Tennesse's Cordarrelle Patterson picked 29th by Vikings"

I know I freaking hate it when -I- misspell "Tennessee."

Walt

UT '81

usafvol writes:

in response to StoneJackBaller:

Puke orange is better than menstrual red. Flow Tide!

Love it!

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

Congrats, CP!! Our loss is Minnesota's gain. Hope this is the start of a great NFL career for you!

jt45 writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

USAF,

Accurate description of Roll-Troll-Roll, Chatterbox.

Hey USAF........off we go into the wild blue yonder..........and then at 10,000 feet, let this troll free fall.

Go Air Force and Go Vols

Or just drop a few LGBs on the troll, or a Maverick in case he tries a fast getaway. On second thought forget the LGBs. Watching it all on closed circuit TV would be priceless.

Geofffourmyle writes:

in response to jt45:

Or just drop a few LGBs on the troll, or a Maverick in case he tries a fast getaway. On second thought forget the LGBs. Watching it all on closed circuit TV would be priceless.

Maverick was in the Navy smart guy.

I know what you mean; I've been watching Archer on FX.

Walt

UT '81

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

in response to CantStandCantStandSaban:

Hope he pans out as a WR, but he'll probably do the most damage as a returner. Reminds me of Devin Hester.

If Devin Hester was 8 inches taller and weighed 60 more lbs. Maybe

:)

gillblog writes:

Been watching the ESPN draft coverage most all day and there has been essentially no mention of Tyler Bray or even of a team that would want him now.
If he's not drafted in tonight's round, I'm afraid his NFL chances are close to zero.
Very unfortunate end for a qb who did have some natural qb talent. He seems to have made self-distructive choices at ever opportunity.

BigOrangeFreak writes:

Justin Hunter just went early in the 2nd round to the Titans.

Staying in Tennessee! Good luck Justin. (Wish you'd stayed another year though.)

IndyVolFan writes:

in response to StoneJackBaller:

Puke orange is better than menstrual red. Flow Tide!

LMAO. Good one.

Geofffourmyle writes:

in response to gillblog:

Been watching the ESPN draft coverage most all day and there has been essentially no mention of Tyler Bray or even of a team that would want him now.
If he's not drafted in tonight's round, I'm afraid his NFL chances are close to zero.
Very unfortunate end for a qb who did have some natural qb talent. He seems to have made self-distructive choices at ever opportunity.

Prolly will be picked soon by the Steelers.

Walt

UT '81

lstbodeanvol writes:

Rivera and Rogers can play too wish Rogers could team up with Peyton

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