Steelers 2013 Draft – Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson Scouting Report Profile

As many of you are well aware of by now, I am not high on Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who only has one year of Division I production under his belt in the form of 46 catches for 778 yards. Patterson also had the lowest catch percentage on the team last season as he was targeted 84 times. (54.8%)

Patterson has not yet been brought in for a pre draft visit, but the Steelers did have a full contingency present at the Volunteers pro day, so below the scouting report of Patterson from our buddy Dave-Te Thomas.


Wide Receiver/Tailback/Return Specialist

University of Tennessee Volunteers



Rock Hill, South Carolina

Hutchinson Community College

North Carolina Tech Christian Academy

Northwestern High School


Imagine a bigger, stronger and quicker version of Percy Harvin and the first player that closely matches that description is vastly underrated Cordarrelle Patterson. Some talent evaluators cite the Volunteers physicality in beating press coverage and combating for the ball in the crowd to that of Kansas City’s Dwayne Bowe. Others see a dangerous runner on reverses and returns with the long stride and explosive second gear that made the Chicago Bears’ Devin Hester a fan favorite.

One of the most coveted junior college prospects to ever sign with a Southeastern Conference team, Patterson’s time at Tennessee was brief, but he left  quite a few opposing underclass defensive backs glad that the multi-talented receiver decided to leave the university for the National Football League.

Patterson was part of an aerial attack that featured fellow receivers Justin Hunter and Zach Rogers, along with tight end Mychal Rivera all competing for tosses from quarterback Tyler Bray. Patterson more than filled the void created when Da’Rick Rogers left the team and enrolled at Tennessee Tech prior to the 2012 season. All of the Volunteers skill position players will now vie for the honor of being the first of this impressive list to hear their name called on draft day, leaving new head coach Butch Jones with lots of holes to fill on the Volunteers offense.

Patterson had a “pedestrian” season, at least by his standards, as he finished second on the team with 46 receptions for 778 yards (16.91 ypc) and five touchdowns. Coming out of the backfield, he carried 25 times for 308 yards (12.32 ypc), finding the end zone three more times. He completed a pass for 28 yards and posted a pair of solo tackles.

The receiver scored again while picking up 101 yards on four punt returns and gained 671 yards with one more touchdown on 24 kickoff returns, as his average of 27.96 yards rank fifth on the Vols season record chart. His 1,858 all-purpose yards established a new school annual record.

The South Carolina native attended Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, where he was a teammate of current University of Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley. The pair helped lead the team to the South Carolina Class 4A Division II state championship game as a senior in 2008. He received All-State honors after catching 75 passes for 944 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Upon graduation, Patterson spent 2009 at North Carolina Technical Christian Academy, but did not play football, concentrating on academics. He then enrolled at Hutchinson Community College, terrorizing Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conferences defenses and special team coverage units. The two-time All-League choice added All-American honors, collecting 113 passes for 1,832 yards (16.21 ypc) and 24 touchdowns as a receiver during the combined 2010-11 seasons.

Patterson showed great vision as a running back, as he tallied 398 yards and scored six times on the ground on just 39 carries (10.21 ypc) in 23 games for the Blue Dragons. He scored five times on 18 kickoff returns, finishing with a 35.57-yard average, which set Hutchinson and KJCCC all-time records. On six punt returns, he generated 53 yards.

Patterson joined the Tennessee program for the 2012 season, but his tenure with the Volunteers ended when shortly after he earned All-Southeastern Conference first-team honors, he announced that he was leaving the university and was entering the 2012 NFL Draft. He joined Carl Pickens (1989-91) as the only players in school history to score four different ways (reception, rushing, punt return, kickoff return) in a career. He is one of only three Tennessee players via both kickoff and punt return in the same season.

Prior to the 2012 Super Bowl, Patterson competed in and captured the title in the Skechers GoRun Hands Competition at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday in the 2013 Quicken Loans All-Star Football Challenge. He won his event with a time of 29.7 seconds, narrowly edging fellow wideout Robert Woods of Southern Cal (30.0). Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro finished third at 33.8 and Florida\’s Matt Elam was fourth at 34.8.


In just one season at Tennessee, Patterson, who started all twelve games, as he proceeded in becoming the first player since 2008 in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision ranks to record a touchdown four different ways in the same season. The 2008 campaign featured Jeremy Maclin of Missouri (also accomplished the feat in 2007); T.Y. Hilton of Florida International and Phillip Livas of Louisiana Tech scoring via a reception, rushing attempt, punt return and kickoff return…Patterson set a Southeastern Conference season-record with a combined kickoff and punt return average of 27.57 yards, bettering the old mark of 27.0 yards by Tristan Davis of Auburn in 2007…His kickoff return average of 27.96 yards rank second on the Tennessee career-record chart behind Mallon Faircloth (28.2 avg; 1961-63)…Including 23 games at Hutchinson Community College, Patterson appeared in 35 games during his collegiate career, making 159 catches for 2,610 yards (16.42 ypc) and 29 touchdowns, adding 706 yards with nine scores on 64 carries (11.03 ypc), 154 yards with a touchdown on ten punt returns, 1,494 yards and six touchdowns on 42 kickoff returns (35.57 avg) while also completing 1-of-2 passes for 28 yards, recording three solo tackles and scoring 252 points…His five kick-off returns for touchdowns during his two-year career at Hutchinson College (2010-11) set the Blue Dragons’ school and Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference career-records.


Patterson was a member of The NFL Draft Report’s All-American Dream Team as an all-purpose back and is regarded as the best all-purpose athlete eligible for the 2013 draft by that scouting information service…Selected All-Southeastern Conference first-team, he started all twelve games at flanker for the Volunteers, finishing second on the team with 46 receptions for 778 yards (16.91 ypc) and five touchdowns…Carried 25 times for 308 yards (12.32 ypc) and three scores…Returned just four punts, but gained 101 yards, including scoring on an 81-yard runback…While his 24 kickoff returns rank eleventh on the school season-record list, his 671 yards gained rank third and 27.96-yard average placed fifth on those annual charts, finding the end zone with a 98-yard return…Only David Oku (863 in 2009) and Dennis Rogan (698 in 2008) gained more yards via kickoff returns in Tennessee annals…Completed his only pass attempt, good for 28 yards vs. Missouri…Scored 60 points and established a school season-record while leading the SEC and finishing 16th in the nation with an average of 154.83 all-purpose yards per game, as his total of 1,858 yards surpassed the previous UT record of 1,721 yards vs. Reggie Cobb in 1987…Patterson made his Tennessee debut by recording 165 all-purpose yards, scoring on a 41-yard catch and 67-yard rushing attempt while snaring six ball for 93 yards vs. North Carolina State, as he was named to the College Football Performance Award All-Purpose Yardage Honor Roll…The receiver gained 195 yards on all-purpose yards with 71 on three catches, 18 rushing yards and 106 on three kickoff returns vs. Georgia State…Ran for a 46-yard score vs. Georgia and had three carries for 57 yards, two catches for 25 yards, including a score and raced 98 yards with a kickoff for a touchdown vs. Mississippi State. His 98-yarder is the fifth-longest kickoff return in school history, and the longest since a 100-yard runback by Leonard Scott vs. Georgia in 1999. It also marked the fifth time a Volunteer scored via a return and either a reception or rushing attempt. The last player to accomplish that feat was Carl Pickens in 1990…Followed with 111 yards on four kickoff returns vs. Alabama and exploded for 275 all-purpose yards vs. Troy, catching a Vols career-best nine balls for 219 yards and a 58-yard score, as he also carried twice for 13 yards and returned two kicks for 43 yards to compile 275 all-purpose yards. That total is surpassed by only chuck Webb (294 vs. Mississippi in 1989) on the school game-record all-purpose yardage list…In the Vanderbilt contest, he tallied 247 all-purpose yards (tied for tenth on the UT game-record chart) while catching three passes for 52 yards, returned four kickoffs for 86 yards and had two punt returns for 109 yards with an 81-yard touchdown. He joined Bobby Gordon (1957) as the only Volunteers to return a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns in the same season.


Patterson attended Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, where he was regarded as a five-star prospect by and rated the fourth-best junior college player in the country, by that recruiting service… rated the all-purpose athlete as junior college’s best player… also accorded him five-star prospect status, as the two-time All-American and All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference honors, in addition to being named the league’s Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore.


Patterson averaged 151.17 all-purpose yards for the Blue Dragons, generating 924 yards with fifteen touchdowns on 61 receptions (15.15 ypc), 379 yards and six scores behind 32 carries (11.84 ypc) and 511 yards with three more touchdowns on eleven kickoff returns (nation-leading 46.45-yard average)…Attempted one pass, scored 126 points and amassed 1,814 total yards…In the 90-7 rout of Highland, he had touchdown catches of 60, 6 and 31 yards…Scored on carries of 66 and 42 yards and receptions of 14 and 44 yards vs. Fort Scott…Gained 162 yards on seven grabs while finding the end zone on 4, 1, 63 and 70-yard pass plays vs. Garden City…Returned a kickoff 96 yards for a score vs. Butler and raced 62 yards on a reverse vs. Coffeyville before facing that team again in the Region VI semi-finals, where he ran for 8 and 15-yard touchdowns while picking up 87 yards on the ground…Closed out his Hutchinson career vs. Lackawanna in the Salt City Bowl, snaring eight balls for 118 yards with 8, 48 and 35-yard touchdowns.


In his first season competing collegiately, Patterson played in eleven games at Hutchinson College, leading the team with 52 receptions for 908 yards (17.46 ypc) and nine touch-downs…Scored twice on seven kickoff returns for 312 yards (44.57 avg), adding 19 yards on seven carries and 53 yards on six punt returns (8.83 avg)…Finished with 1,292 all-purpose yards…In his college debut, the first time he touched the ball, he scored on a 29-yard reception vs. Kilgore…A 52-yard scoring grab followed vs. Independence and he again came up with six points on a 45-yard grab vs. Air Force Prep, hauling in six balls for 118 yards…He had seven more receptions for 189 yards and a 79-yard touchdown, also returning a kickoff 58 yards vs. Fort Scott…Made six grabs for 109 yards and a 75-yard touchdown vs. Garden City…Generated 84 yards on five catches that included 45 and 27-yard scores, again finding the end zone with a 91-yard kickoff return vs. Coffeyville…In the Region VI semi-finals, he caught five passes for 101 yards and a 70-yard touchdown.


Patterson attended North Carolina Tech Christian Academy, but did not play football.


Patterson competed in track during the spring of 2012, where he clocked personal bests of 10.54 in the 100 meters at the Sterling Venue (3/10)…At the Baldwin City Meet, he ran 21.43 in the 200 meters…The Levelland Meet (5/16) saw Patterson part of a 4×100-meter relay team that timed 40.32…At the Lawrence Meet (4/21), he helped the sprint medley 1,600-meter unit time in at 3:28.50.


No major injuries reported, but did not play vs. Butler during the 2010 reguloar season while competing for Hutchinson Community College.


4.34 in the 40-yard dash…1.47 10-yard dash…2.49 20-yard dash…3.98 20-yard shuttle…

11.16 60-yard shuttle…6.59 three-cone drill…36-inch vertical jump…10’9” broad jump… Bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times…32 ½-inch arm length…10-inch hands…77 7/8-inch wingspan.


Patterson attended Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.) High School, playing football for head coach Jimmy Wallace…Was a teammate of current University of Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley…The pair helped lead the team to the South Carolina Class 4A Division II state championship game as a senior in 2008…Received All-State honors after catching 75 passes for 944 yards and 18 touchdowns.


Arts and Sciences major…Born Cordarrelle Patterson (pronounced: CORE-dare-uhl) on 3/17/91…Resides in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

  • steeltown

    I really do not see the Steelers drafting Patterson.. they were present at the proday, but I suspect they were watching Hunter and Tyler Bray just as much if not more than Patterson……. but, I could be wrong

  • $19122620

    I read on the Houston Chronicle that Patterson only dropped 4.2 percent of his intended targets in 2012.

  • Tenn put him on the field to play 4 positions and he scored at least once in every role. Awesome! He’s more than just a wide receiver. He’s a threat anywhere on the field, and IMO can provide the most immediate impact for the teams 17th pick. I’m gonna be pissed when he’s drafted before we get the chance to take him.

  • grw1960

    We can certainly hope that was the case, 46 catches under 800 yards and a 54% catch % . Not numbers you would expect in a 1st round WR.
    Strikes me as a big 1st round gamble.
    I hope the Steelers pass on him

  • Thats funny because I had a dream today that noone before the steelers drafted him. I hope it comes true. If not, life goes on.

  • hergieburbur

    He has the physical tools, but raw is the key word with him. He barely showed up in a lot of games, had a lot of drops, and only had about 550 yards outside of one huge game against Troy. That is not the type of player the Steelers take in the first.

  • hergieburbur

    I think so too. We don’t take raw guys like that in the first.

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Patterson has more talent than most entering the draft at WR. I’m skeptical too hergieburbur but if the Steelers draft him I will be his biggest fan (even though I wouldn’t buy his jersey– the last jersey I bought was Woodson’s–a little tight now)! Wilkes has made a lot of sense out of this pick. Hope it works out if Steelers draft him.

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Austin in first and Swope in 3rd! I would be on cloud 9!

  • hergieburbur

    He is definitely one of the top talent guys, but we don’t usually pick project WRs in the draft. I think we are much more likely to see something like a 3rd and a 5th used at the position. I’d even be good with a 1st on Eifert and a 3rd on WR.

  • hergieburbur

    Spending two picks that high on WR just grates on me. Granted, I am a defense first guy anyway, but seeing all of our other needs, that would be hard for me to swallow.

  • shaad

    just playing devils advocate here, but look at Santonio’s numbers in his third yr at Ohio St. He had three yrs in that offense, and other than his touchdowns you can’t say there numbers are too far off. The numbers get even closer if you compare the two in there junior seasons.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I feel that Haley could really develop him into a good wide receiver. I wouldn’t mind at all if we took him at 17. I would rather take Vaccaro or Austin but if both are gone then i’ll welcome him with open arms.

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Just remember we might have the 91st pick too in the 3rd! Just trying to help alleviate the pain!

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Ben is our most vital asset! Please him first than defense!

  • shaad

    how long does it take for a comment to be approved?

  • grw1960

    What I see is Holmes played his last college season on the same team with a 1331 yard RB, Holmes 53 recept 977yds and Ginn 51 recepts 803yds both still managed more yards per game average than Patterson. And Holmes was the 25th pick in round one, not the 17th
    And the other Tenn. WR Hunter also had more catches 73 and 1083yds
    Patterson only had one game with over 100 yds receiving and that was against Troy. If Patterson had not had 200 yds receiving against the mighty troy football team. His seasons total would have been under 600 yds.

  • grw1960

    Then why does he have a 54% catch rate , Either Bray throws a lot of bad passes or Patterson ran poor routes or a combination of the two.

  • shaad

    I have a lengthy comment on some of this that I posted but it hasn’t been approved yet. But Hunter definitely was the #1 wr and he definitely benefited by being more comfortable in the offense and with their terrible qb. I think patterson could’ve helped his stock a lot by staying another year.

  • steeltown

    As long as we got Shamarko Thomas or Cyprein in the 2nd, I’d be ok with that, ha!

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Agreed! Shark Thomas or Duke Williams! Cyprein will be gone in first I’m afraid!

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Somewhat true…remember a guy who used to smoke pot all the time. Oh what’s his name…Something Holmes! Yeah we need a Holmes this year–minus the pot smoking!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    What a huge reach in the 1st. Take away the game where he had 200+ yards against poor lil Troy and he had about 550 yards on the season. This guy isnt 1st round material. Do not expect much from him in a few years

  • David Edward

    I’ve said this before…don’t put too much stock in college numbers. It’s really not a good predictor of NFL success. I’ve seen plenty of guys with pedestrian stats in college do well in NFL and vice versa. A great example for the Steelers was Troy Edwards (1st rounder in ’99). His stats made him look like the next coming of Jerry Rice with 140 catches and nearly 2000 yrds as a senior (he even lit up then powerhouse Nebraska for 21 catches and 400 yrds). For WR, in particular, I’m more interested in their measurables such as speed relative to size, agility, hands, vertical…and of course catching ability, whether or not they are a natural hands catcher or a body catcher.

  • steeltown

    I like the majority of the predraft visits, as expected there were quite a few LB’s and Safeties brought in, but I’m alittle surprised that theyve only brought in one WR (Boyce) and two RB’s (Michael and Franklin) I think we’re allowed 9 or 10more visits, something tells me if Sanders isn’t retained we’re going to see a few more WR’s brought in

  • Kevin Gobleck

    For a guy that it versatile and was productive in college i’d rather T. Austin and for a plus T. Austin is working with I. Taylor down in Orlando.

  • hergieburbur

    Holmes had three years of D1 experience though, and, despite being in a more spread out offense, had a better final year than Patterson. Patterson has one year, and wasn’t even the most prolific WR Tenn had. Holmes was a more polished prospect.

  • Jazz

    I really do think ur right; but if they want Hunter, they better move down and select him in the 1st. I really don’t think he will be there in the 2nd.

  • JC

    JJ Wilcox in the 3rd.

  • RMSteeler

    Has Limas Sweed written all over him. Not a 1st round WR. There’s no way he should be rated the #1 WR by so many “experts”. If you want raw, you wait until rd 6,7 or UDFA.

  • David Edward

    Yeah, I’m a bit concerned about the lack of WR visits too. You would think they will be picking one regardless if they keep Sanders or not. Recent history says most of the picks will be coming from among the players that visit. Of course they can have players fall into their lap like DeCastro did last year.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    i’m also surprised we didn’t bring in the Pitt players like we normally would

  • mokhkw

    On Path To The Draft, they asked Charley Casserly (ex NFL GM) who he would take today out of these 3 players ; Patterson (Draft), Austin(Draft) or E.Sanders from the Steelers.

    His reply : Sanders. Says he is a better football player than either Patterson or Austin. Ted Sunquist (ex NFL GM) added his agreement.

    They added in later shows that if Patterson came out last season, he would be a 3rd or 4th Rd Pick. If Kirk Cousins came out this year instead of last, he would be the highest ranked QB in the Draft.

    That should indicate how middling the talent really is in this draft once you get past the top 8 players. There’s great depth in the middle rounds but a lot of players will be overdrafted because of the overall talent in this year’s draft.

    Patterson won’t be drafted by the Steelers in Round 1.

  • Steelers32

    I dont think so either, and to mid 2rd very unlikely

    moving down would be nice but requires some one else, if a trade partner (min?) cant be found take Hunter or Allen @17 it is a very even draft talent wise after a select few. Getting stuck on a perceived “value” will be a big mistake I hope they do not make, they need 2 receivers best move is to get best available in first round readdress it in 3rd.

  • grw1960

    What often determins whether any player suceeds is his work ethic , being willing and able to learn the mutlitude of stuff thrown at them . When their college fun game becomes a job that requires 10 to 12 hours a day.of their time.
    Guys like Ward, Bolden and others who did not have the measurables or Stats Suceed because of want to and work ethic.

  • grw1960

    I have found if you add links ,it doen’t get approved on some sites.

  • I suspect the same and can Patterson block? And is he a willing to block? He will certainly have to do a lot of it in this offense moving forward… I just don’t know about Patterson.

  • westernsteel

    Other needs like two receivers and a running back?

  • westernsteel

    Good point, its time to make Ben happy and draft offensive weapons. After all, it is an offensive league.

  • westernsteel

    This isn’t a receiver who could make an impact right away for the Steelers. With all their needs, the need a more experienced receivers from this draft. If they could take Austin, then great, but they would have to draft a bigger receiver later in the draft.

  • David Edward

    Good point, work ethic is key. There are plenty of guys who had all the tools but couldn’t get their head on straight and failed in the NFL. Sweed is an example of that. Bolden and Hines are interesting examples because they were both former QBs who converted to WR in college. Both are two of the toughest WRs of all time…Bolden has some of the strongest hands and Ward was the best blocker. However, neither were first round picks. Typically, first round is where the elite athletes go due to their upside and hard workers who lack elite measureables go on second or third day.

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Exactly, that’s why I’m leery of Patterson! Holmes had 3 years of D1–certainly more polished than Patterson–and early on in his career, with the Steelers, Holmes was criticized for his poor performance on special teams as a returner, a role in which he fumbled frequently.

  • hergieburbur

    Other needs like 1 or 2 safeties, an ILB, OLB, RB, S, TE, and possibly a guy on each line. Are you so naive to think that WR and RB are our only needs?

  • hergieburbur

    Because high octane offenses win so many championships. Just look at how many the Colts have…

  • hergieburbur

    Thanks for the info. This really is a middle heavy draft.

  • steeltown

    I guess also we dont know exactly how many WR’s they met with at the combine and at prodays, they may have already met with the top guys that they have interest in… but still, the lack of WR and RB visits is odd