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Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee Volunteers: 2013 NFL Draft Player Profile


September 29, 2012; Athens, GA, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) runs after a catch in the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs won 51-44. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Height:  6’2″

Weight:  216 pounds

Position Rank: 1

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40 Yard Dash:  4.42

Vertical Jump:  37″

Broad Jump:  128″

Career Stats


Scouting Report/Player Notes

Patterson is a versatile player and he cemented his status as the number one wide receiver in the class of 2013 with incredible athletic ability and blazing speed. He has excellent upside as a potential number one receiver with his combination of size and speed. He only has one year of college production to his name, but I think he flashed the big play ability in his first year at Tennessee that NFL teams wanted to see. Personally, I think he has a little bit of Julio Jones in him. I don’t think he’s as polished coming out, but he has that kind of potential at the next level. He can get great separation downfield, and his ability to make plays after the catch is what sets him apart from other players in this draft.

Career Highlights (via Tennessee athletics site)



  • In 12 starts, games, racked up school-record 1,858 all-purpose yards (154.8) to rank first in the SEC, tied for 18th in NCAA
  • Mark of 1,858 all-purpose yards broke record of Reggie Cobb (1,721), set in 1987
  • With 28.0 yards per kickoff return, ranks 19th in the NCAA and second in the SEC
  • Average of 28.0 yards per kickoff return, ranks a UT record for any Vol with at least 20 returns in a season
  • First player in NCAA to scored a touchdown four ways in a season since 2008 (Rec., Rush, Kick Return, Punt Return)
  • One of seven players in NCAA to score a touchdown three different ways in 2012
  • Led Vols with 10 touchdowns (five receiving, three rushing and one each on kickoff and punt return)
  • Set SEC record for single-season total kick return (kickoff+punt) average per return with 27.6
  • His 28.0 kickoff yards per return, rank as the second-most in a single-season in SEC history
  • Returned 24 kickoffs for 671 yards, third-most yards in a season in UT history
  • In 12 starts, had 46 catches for 778 receiving yards with five touchdowns
  • Rushed 25 times for 308 yards (12.3 per carry), three TDs
  • Became the second Vol to have a kickoff and punt return for touchdown in the same season, joining Bobby Gordon, who did it in 1957
  • Became fourth Vol to have a kickoff and punt return in a career, joining Gordon, Stanley Morgan and Willie Gault
  • Second Vol all-time to have touchdowns four ways in a career, joining Carl Pickens (1991-93), Patterson did it all in one season
  • Became fifth Vol with a return touchdown and a TD by rushing or receiving with a 98-yard kickoff return score and an 11-yard touchdown catch at #19 Miss State (10/13); last was Carl Pickens in 1990
  • Closed 2012 with 158 all-purpose yards with four catches for 88 yards including a 21-yard touchdown pass vs. Kentucky (11/24), also ran twice for 38 yards
  • Returned a punt for 81 yards, UT’s first punt return for a TD since Mark Jones in 2003, at Vanderbilt (11/17); Finished with 247 all-purpose yards including 109 on punt returns, 86 on kickoff returns and 52 receiving
  • Scored third rushing touchdown on 5-yard rush to open scoring vs. Missouri (11/10); totaled 161 all-purpose yards and also completed a pass for 28 yards to Mychal Rivera
  • Career-best 275 all-purpose yards (2nd-most in UT history) including 219 receiving yards (4th-most in UT history) on career-high nine catches vs. Troy (11/3), also returned two kickoffs for 43 yards
  • 52 total yards at #17 South Carolina (26 receiving, 21 rushing, 13 kickoff return yards)
  • Compiled 130 all-purpose yards vs. #1 Alabama with 111 on kickoff returns and 25 receiving
  • Scored on a 98-yard kickoff return for Vols’ first conventional kickoff return for a TD since 2002, at #19 Miss State (10/13); overall had 195 all-purpose yards including 57 rushing and 25 receiving
  • Rushed for 46-yard touchdown at #5 Georgia (9/29) as part of 55 rushing yards, also had two catches for 31 yards
  • Two catches for 20 yards, a kickoff return for 26 yards and rushed twice for 12 yards vs. Akron (9/22)
  • Career-best eight catches for 75 yards including a 2-yard TD pass to give Vols their first TD in first quarter vs. Florida (9/15) since 2004
  • Gained 195 yards on all-purpose yards with 71 receiving yards, 18 rushing yards and 106 kickoff return yards vs. Georgia State (9/8)
  • Named to College Football Performance Award All-Purpose Yardage Honor Roll (Sept. 4)
  • Huge debut with UT recording 165 all-purpose yds (93 rec/72 rush). Scored two touchdowns on a 41-yard reception and a 67-yard rush vs. NC State (8/31)

Junior College

    • 247sports: 5-star (No. 1 overall JUCO prospect)
    • Rivals: 4-star (No. 4 overall JUCO prospect, No. 1 JUCO wide receiver, No. 1 JUCO prospect in Kansas)
    • Scout: 5-star • Two-time NJCAA All-American at Hutchinson Community College
    • Earned first-team All-American honors on offense and was the 2011 Jayhawk Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore
    • Caught 61 passes for 924 yards and 15 touchdowns
    • Also averaged 11.8 yards per carry with 32 rushing attempts for 379 yards and six touchdowns
    • Explosive in special teams as well, averaging 48.2 yards on 10 kickoff returns with three more touchdowns
  • Was a first-team All-American as a freshman, claiming the honors as a return specialist
  • Totaled 645 yards on 21 combined kickoff and punt returns with three touchdowns
  • Also recorded 52 receptions for 908 yards and nine touchdowns
  • Holds more than a dozen records at Hutchinson C.C., including career receiving yards (1,832), career receptions (113), career receiving touchdowns (24), career total touchdowns (36), career points (216), career kickoff return average (41.9) and career all-purpose yards (3,379)
  • Coach at Hutchinson: Rion Rhoades

Video Highlights (via YouTube)