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Patterson talked to media and Dolphins at Indy

And while we're on the topic of wide receivers, both coming out of college and in free agency, let me address Cordarrelle Patterson here.

While at the Indianapolis combine he met with the Dolphins. He's living in South Florida now.

The Dolphins need a big-play wide receiver. Patterson runs like a deer and has shown ability to get deep. General manager Jeff Ireland loves big wide receivers. Patterson is 6-2 and 215 pounds.

Do you get all the connections?

I get it, too. It kind of makes sense for a team with the No. 12 overall selection that perhaps Patterson is a fit in so many different ways.

But I cannot tell you I love the kid at No. 12. He's not Julio Jones, although he says that is who he patterns himself after. He's not A.J. Green, either. He reminds more of Darrius Heyward-Bey or Kenny Britt. He's also very raw.

There is another thing: Patterson went the junior college route before going to Tennessee in 2012. Why? Well, Patterson struggled to keep up academically at times. Thus there are questions about how quickly Patterson will recognize coverages and learn plays and adjustments in the NFL.

The Dolphins run a fairly complex offensive system and offensive coordinator Mike Sherman last year had no compunction about leaving behind young players that didn't learn quickly and play fast enough as a result of the uncertainty in their heads. Tight end Michael Egnew comes to mind.

Even veteran Jabar Gaffney struggled to pick up Miami's system.

Well, it could be argued, Patterson learned quickly enough at Tennessee to burst on the scene quickly. But that isn't completely correct. He was expected to be the Vols third WR but was actually thrust into greater playing time out of necessity when teammate Da'Rick Rogers was kicked off the team.

There are also questions about Patterson being a one-year flash rather than a consistent performer.

Anyway, Patterson spoke to the media at the combine. This is how it went:

(On path to Indy): "It was a good path, man. I had to go to junior college and ended up at Tennessee.
I wouldn’t change it for nothing. Everyplace I went, I enjoyed every second of it."

(On whether JUCO in Hutchinson, Kansas was tough): "Oh, yeah, there were a lot of times I doubted because I had to leave high school and go all the way to Hutchinson in Kansas. I would call my mom every day and ask her if she still thought I needed to do this and she said, ‘Yeah, it’s been your
dream for a long time so just make sure you stick with it."

(On the season at Tennessee): "I wanted to go in and try to be the best at my position and hope my dream would come true and be in the NFL."

(On whether he can help himself at the Combine): "Go in Saturday and Sunday and give it my best and make sure I do everything right so teams can look at me and say good things about myself."

(On whether you need a big week to go in the first round): "I know I can help myself a lot. I know what I can do. I’m going to go in and just give it my all."

(On whether he patterns himself after any receiver?): "Yeah, Julio Jones."

(On people saying you’re a one-year wonder): "I didn’t expect to be a one-year-and-done but we had the coaching change and everything was getting a little crazy, so I wanted to get out of there."

(Name three strengths): "Speed, catching and scoring."

(On expectations for NFL): "The things I did in college, I expect to come in as a rookie and be a good rookie and be a Pro Bowler."

(On experts saying he's raw): "I don’t listen to anything anyone says about my ability. God gave it to me and I go out every day and practice hard at practice, and in the games I expect big things out of myself."

(On going to the Dolphins): "I haven’t talked to them like that but I have a meeting set with them later on today. Miami is my home and I’ll do whatever I have to do."

(On being the No. 1 WR drafted): "I really didn’t even think like that. There’s rumors coming around that I can be and I hope this weekend I can show that I can be that No. 1 receiver."

(On possibly going to Carolina): "My mama, she talks about that all the time. If I could be that close to home, I know she’d be at every game possible. When I was little, I used to always think about playing for the Panthers. If that dream comes true, then it comes true."

(On what he must improve): "My route-running and learning coverages, just getting better at that."

(On expecting to be good as a junior at UT): "I didn’t, because when I went to Tennessee, I didn’t even think I was going to be a starter. But then I went in and some things happened at Tennessee and people started expecting big things from me, so I had to fill that role."

(On whether he's a top 10 player): "I say I’m a top-15 pick but I can’t control what coaches think and they’re the ones that make the decisions. If they see me in the top 15, top 10, then I respect that because I think I am."

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Woodshed,
I may have to accept a tackle pick in the 1st, but I'll be damned if I'm going to analyze tackles for it.

Rather get a root canal.

Normally, there are certain positions that usually go in the first round; Quarterback (we've got one--finally, I hope), Cornerback (we may go with this depending on who's available), Left Tackle (possibility if Long is gone), Defensive End (usually pass rushers, you can't have enough of them). Anything else just doesn't hold the same value anymore. Yes, there was a day when Running Backs went in the first round. But, the NFL is changing. And, every now and then, another position seems like a good pick, but that depends on the draft class.
This draft class seems to have good value at the defensive and offensive line positions. But, Cornerbacks are always a high commodity. So, I believe we'll go in that direction. But, only Ireland knows how his draft board is set up. He may go for the best player available at #12. And, THAT may be the best decision he can make.

It'll be interesting to see what happens...

Tracy,
that IS his plan.
He's said so numerous times.
I find fault in it if the BPA is a QB, center or fullback .. this year, it's not necessarily the worst plan.

I forgot about Trufant (CB). Really like that guy.
Milliner will be gone. Trufant may be a fair thought.

Still like ELam.

But I'm not going to cry if we reach for Hunt, or Patterson. It would be a welcome gamble.

mark,

BTW--I mean in turns of the salary cap. If the cap was $150 Million or there was no cap at all than it's a different story. My point is that if the cap for a 53 man roster is only $120 Million how can you take up close to 17% & expect your best players will stay??? Brees is going to lose his LT Bushrod b/c he makes too much money. If the Saints can't fill that spot for less money then Brees winds up hurting himself by taking more.

I think it sucks that the cap is not higher than it is & I think that NFL rosters should be expanded to AT LEAST 60 players per team.

To your credit, Playmakers, Warren Sapp thinks FLoyd is all-that. So, don't take my word for it.

I'm juts a draft obsessed scmuck fan like anyone else here.

JS,

Well...Warren might have watched the workout instead watching the game tape. He's from the U so I'm not sure how many Gator games he watches...However the big uglies & the space eaters can often times go overlooked on the field.

"But I'm not going to cry if we reach for Hunt, or Patterson. It would be a welcome gamble."

JS,

Tannenbaum has the Jets taking Patterson & I wouldn't be shocked if he went in the top ten. Personally I think that's crazy & too much of a risk for a player as raw as he is but it's not my job the line...

Milliner's 40 times just solidified him to go in the top 5. I had no idea the kid was THAT fast.

Anyody knows how Vaccaro, Elam did in the 40?

Playmakers,
I'd be shocked if the Jets took Patterson. They spent their wad last year on a big/strong/fast project receiver.

Nah, if the Jets have any sense (and they don't) they'll chase a QB first thing.

Or maybe an RB, since they think that ground-n-pound is still a great plan.

oscar.

Elam = 4.46
Vaccaro = 4.59
unofficial

I've never been a Teo fan and his 40 sucked, but I was actually very impressed with how well he moved in the drills. He moves side to side and front to back really well without coming out of his power base. I think he could be taken late in the 1st. He won't make it out of the 2nd.

Thankyou, JS.

Woodshed,
I agree he moves well laterally, and does has good linebacker feet.

But, watch his back position as he moves laterally. if he keeps his shoulders that high in the NFL, he'll get pancaked,

He just seemed very unsure of himself.
And his body is safety sized.
that and all his mental questions.

I'll disagree and say he goes mid-rounds. Just not impressive standing against other supposed mid-round LBs.

Wow, this S group not oly has depth but quality.

After reading several posts here and what is being reported out on the media wires, a couple things have become exceedingly clear.
First, Until Miami shows signs of life at signing they're own free agents, we cannot get a solid take on what they will do in free agency.
Second, until we know what Miami has done in free agency, trying to guess(or mock)Miami's direction in the draft is just chasing your tail.
Sure, we can all throw names out there, Patterson, Sheldon Richardson, Lane Johnson, Kenny Vaccaro, Desmont Trufant... Or perhaps a top ten player will fall out and make it to Miami. One usually does for teams picking at 11,12 or 13. If that is the case, and it is a player Miami isn't interested in, they may allow someone down the 1st round list to come up and grab that player.
If Miami could trade down to the high 20's.. Eifert and Ertz come into play... And I still think the best scoring options and help for RT17 in this draft are (in this order)... Zack Ertz, Tyler Eifert and Gavin Escobar.
After those three, you drop into the low 2nds, 3rds and 4th round TE's. Of whom, Vance McDonald caught my eye the most at the combine. Vance McDonald is a 3rd, high 4th rounder at this point before pro days.

If Patterson is even available at 12? The guy might be "raw" with gametime,clearly not "raw" at making big plays and cathing the ball in the end zone. You can't teach someone to be a play maker. To you fella's that sniff the Patsy's jocks all the time. How would ya feel if this guy droped into the lap of Belichek?

Tom Brady extended his contract 3 more yrs. What that means is 3 more years the Fins, Bills, and Jets will not win the division. So it is only wise now to go after young talented playmakers. With the 12th pick, they need to go after EIfert!

I'm a vol homer bleed orange, seen all Patterson's games at UT. He's not falling out 1st round. Think of Jacoby Jones when it comes to the return game, but a much better receiver, blocker, and really good out of the backfield threat. RAC is really good and good in traffic like Brandon Marshall but a better red zone threat. You have to account for him at all times, aquiring Wallace will propel Patterson to being a top notch receiver. HELL a lot of mock drafts has Buffalo drafting him ahead of us, no way he's around in the 3rd round as someone suggested. I understand not taking him at 12 but understand also taking him at 12 to sign our free agents and Wallace. IMO Thanks SteFin

I posted a youtube link for Cordelle to watch his ability. I've never noticed his tendency to body catch except in the red zone over the middle (when at times you want your receiver to body catch). He's special with the ball in his hands! IMO Thanks SteFin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0Pn4DsMGj0

Here I go again being a Homer on Patterson. Someone mentioned the Alabama Game that Cordelle disappeared. Calvin Johnson would not have had a great game either. Tricky Nicky Saban doubled teamed Patterson with Milner over the top. NOT Justin Hunter but Patterson. nuff said IMO SteFin Thanks.

Draft is very deep, but not many clear cut stars. A lot of fast times and good athletes. Should any of the top 3 tackles fall to 12, that's the pick. Good DL prospects, but no brainer at no. 12 would be Floyd. He'll be long gone. 12 is probably a little too high for most of the DBs. So, barring a trade, I'd take Patterson or the OT from Oklahoma. Warmack could be a possibility, but that is high for a guard and he may already be gone because of all the hype. Bottom line, the Phins have to get a starter at OT and DB in the first couple of rounds. You could say the same about WR, depending on free agency. I'd like to keep Hartline, but the depth at WR prospects makes that a luxury, not a necessity. They make also have to draft a RB in top 3 rounds in Bush doesn't come back. Can't go into next year with just Miller and Thomas

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