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Post First Draft Winds of draft season
Haven't read it yet, but emphasis is on Cordarrelle Patterson.

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Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has become a hot item. The former junior college transfer has traveled upwards on media draft boards all the way to a potential top 12 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Recently, ESPN’s Mel Kiper made waves with Dolphins fans by saying that Cordarrelle Patterson is the only wide receiver the Dolphins could take at #12 overall “that would make any sense”.
It feels like Miami Dolphins fans may be too late to the party on Patterson. While former NFL scout Bucky Brooks has had Patterson going to the Dolphins at 12 overall in previous iterations of his mock draft, and now has him going as low as #17 to the Steelers in his latest mock draft, several of his colleagues at NFL.com have Patterson going even higher. Former General Managers Scott Pioli and Mike Tannenbaum have the Jets taking Patterson at #9 overall. Former NFL Scout Daniel Jeremiah agrees with that projection. Former General Manager Charlie Casserly has him going #8 overall to the Buffalo Bills. Former Head Coach Brian Billick has Patterson going #6 overall to the Cleveland Browns, and Albert Breer evidently agrees with that projection.



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"He's very, very smart. He understands the game really well, and when he gets here, the competition's going to go through the roof. That's what we want."
Trying to make an impact with a big program, especially one in a defense-dominated conference such as the SEC, is not an easy task. Making that task even harder is the fact that Patterson arrived to the program a month late, as he still had classes to finish up at Hutchinson. According to Cordarrelle, he spent an extra 30-35 minutes every day with coach Hinshaw in order to bring him up to speed with the rest of the players on the offense.

Here is an interesting comment from former Volunteers head coach Derek Dooley, who coached with Nick Saban in college and pro football for many years:
“I never have been around someone who has made a bigger impact in such a short time.”



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What I will never question is whether Patterson is, “a good kid” or has a competitive spirit. In all interviews he comes off as genuine and positive. While playing the game, you can sense his competitive spirit. The harder the players opposite him compete, the harder he competes with them. Yet he’s always slapping opponents on the helmet or the back sides, letting them know they did well on a play. Football is fun to him. It seems important to him, and his body, strength and conditioning all point to him showing how important it is to him by working hard at it. I would describe his attitude as competitive yet collegial. He is a genuinely good guy and does not seem to possess any anger issues.


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Post Re: First Draft Winds of draft season
some minor examples of immaturity

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One of the best on-field examples of this kind of brain fart moment came during an interception against Mississippi State. Tyler Bray threw the ball far to the inside on a deep ball with both a corner and safety in coverage. Patterson tracked the ball in the air, looked down at the safety, recognized that he had no shot at the ball, and then stopped for a short time before realizing he needs to play defender. Again, this is not evidence of a malicious or selfish attitude, just more evidence of questionable awareness and a tendency toward potentially dangerous brain fart moments.

Yet more examples of this came during the NFL Combine. During a sideline drill, the coach was ready to get the drill going and Patterson still hadn’t put on his gloves. He scolded Patterson and told him to just line up, they’re not waiting for him to get his gloves on. To top off the embarrassing incident, Patterson ran the route wrong. The drill involved starting from the hash at the 25 yard line and running to the sideline while coming back to the quarterback, aiming for where the 20 yard line meets the sideline. Patterson instead ran straight to the sideline at the 25 instead of slanting back. Additionally, during the gauntlet Cordarrelle caught his final football and continued straight out of bounds before suddenly realizing the drill calls for him to catch his final ball and turn up the field to run for a score. I am sure much of this had to do with nerves, but when you see similar instances on the football field during games, I think it is more than that.


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Therefore it is not surprising that Patterson showed up to Indianapolis recently at 6’2” and 216 lbs, and broke off a 4.37 (unofficial) in the 40 yard dash. Only five wide receivers did better. They were Marquise Goodwin (4.25), Tavon Austin (4.25), Kenny Stills (4.28), Markus Wheaton (4.34) and Denard Robinson (4.34). It should be noted that Patterson is between 2 and 5 inches taller and between 16 and 40 lbs. heavier than any of the above players.


This is what's impressive to me. He is much taller and stronger than these guys but still runs with elite speed that they have. You can see him shed tacklers consistently in his highlights. That to me shows more NFL readiness than anything. He's not just gonna catch the ball and fall down the way some of these other guys will. What makes Patterson special is his runs after catching.


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Post Re: First Draft Winds of draft season
Doesn't height generally improve speed, by having longer strides?


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Post Re: First Draft Winds of draft season
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Doesn't height generally improve speed, by having longer strides?

I guess it depends what you mean by being taller, but no lol.


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Post Re: First Draft Winds of draft season
Phins Rock wrote:
degs wrote:
Doesn't height generally improve speed, by having longer strides?

I guess it depends what you mean by being taller, but no lol.


Good point, Usain Bolt is 6' 5", 210.


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Post Re: First Draft Winds of draft season
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Phins Rock wrote:
degs wrote:
Doesn't height generally improve speed, by having longer strides?

I guess it depends what you mean by being taller, but no lol.


Good point, Usain Bolt is 6' 5", 210.


He's an exception to the rule though. He towers above all other sprinters.


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Post Re: First Draft Winds of draft season
Phins Rock wrote:
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Doesn't height generally improve speed, by having longer strides?

I guess it depends what you mean by being taller, but no lol.


Every conversation I've had with people about sprinting-including with running coaches- is that the first thing you do to get faster is to lengthen your stride. They teach form and stretching, but obviously having a longer leg is a natural advantage.

Being short is only an advantage in gymnastics and weightlifting.


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Post Re: First Draft Winds of draft season
degs wrote:
Phins Rock wrote:
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Doesn't height generally improve speed, by having longer strides?

I guess it depends what you mean by being taller, but no lol.


Every conversation I've had with people about sprinting-including with running coaches- is that the first thing you do to get faster is to lengthen your stride. They teach form and stretching, but obviously having a longer leg is a natural advantage.

Being short is only an advantage in gymnastics and weightlifting.


Sure, but the taller you are means the more mass you have too. And generally, the taller you are the less athletic you're going to be.

6'2 isn't tall enough to fall under the category I guess. But once we start getting into the 6'5's, I think you see a decline.

But aren't most sprinters in the 5'10-6'0 range? Not many taller than 6 feet.


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Post Re: First Draft Winds of draft season
While almost all of this article is about Patterson, it also points out that Miami needs to address replacing/resigning a minimum of 9 solid to excellent starters. This includes replacing Brandon Marshall and Vontae Davis.

"They also have a significant number of liabilities. Brian Hartline, Reggie Bush, Jake Long, Anthony Fasano, Randy Starks, Sean Smith and Chris Clemons were all starters, and they are all free agents. Some were no more than “solid” starters, some were more than that. I would argue that probably only one truly performed at less than a “solid” standard for performance. Additionally, the Dolphins lose the contract of a significant role player in the nickel defense, defensive tackle Tony McDaniel. To top it off, the Dolphins voluntarily jettisoned both Brandon Marshall and Vontae Davis in the 2012 off season, and never bothered to replace them. So while they may have upwards of $43 million in salary cap space to go with six picks in the top 110 of the Draft, they also have 9 solid to excellent starters that need replacing, to go along with perhaps 1 or 2 more significant role playing positions. So, while the assets are significant, you have nearly half a football team as liabilities. And that’s assuming the Dolphins don’t voluntarily open up more liabilities as they did last off season by trading away or cutting more starters."

Obviously Miami will resign a minimum of 3 to 4 of their own free agents. My guess is Hartline, Starks, Clemons and possibly Fasano will be resigned. But that will still leave Miami with 5 to 6 starting positions open. They would need to sign additional free agents and be very successful in the draft to improve this team above last years team and fill those holes. That is a lot of turnover. Ireland better get this right or he will be gone. A lot of focus is being placed on the 1st round draft choice. But Ireland needs to really hit gold with the 6 picks he has through the first 4 rounds to fill this void.

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Post Draft Winds: A study of Cordarrelle Patterson
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WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee – An Introduction

Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has become a hot item. The former junior college transfer has traveled upwards on media draft boards all the way to a potential top 12 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Recently, ESPN’s Mel Kiper made waves with Dolphins fans by saying that Cordarrelle Patterson is the only wide receiver the Dolphins could take at #12 overall “that would make any sense”.

It feels like Miami Dolphins fans may be too late to the party on Patterson. While former NFL scout Bucky Brooks has had Patterson going to the Dolphins at 12 overall in previous iterations of his mock draft, and now has him going as low as #17 to the Steelers in his latest mock draft, several of his colleagues at NFL.com have Patterson going even higher. Former General Managers Scott Pioli and Mike Tannenbaum have the Jets taking Patterson at #9 overall. Former NFL Scout Daniel Jeremiah agrees with that projection. Former General Manager Charlie Casserly has him going #8 overall to the Buffalo Bills. Former Head Coach Brian Billick has Patterson going #6 overall to the Cleveland Browns, and Albert Breer evidently agrees with that projection.

In a way, I’m reminded of a similar Draft Winds piece Simon Clancy and I authored about Cam Newton on February 15, 2011.

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You could feel Volunteers wide receiver coach Darin Hinshaw’s excitement when he would speak about Patterson’s upcoming arrival:

"He's very, very smart. He understands the game really well, and when he gets here, the competition's going to go through the roof. That's what we want."

Trying to make an impact with a big program, especially one in a defense-dominated conference such as the SEC, is not an easy task. Making that task even harder is the fact that Patterson arrived to the program a month late, as he still had classes to finish up at Hutchinson. According to Cordarrelle, he spent an extra 30-35 minutes every day with coach Hinshaw in order to bring him up to speed with the rest of the players on the offense.



Here is an interesting comment from former Volunteers head coach Derek Dooley, who coached with Nick Saban in college and pro football for many years:

“I never have been around someone who has made a bigger impact in such a short time.”


It is important to note that not everything in Patterson’s history checks out. It was widely rumored, though never in any way substantiated, that when Patterson chose to play for Tennessee, he demanded they hire hire receivers coach Brandon Staley as a package deal. He denied the rumors.


He had not one, but two touchdown-negating unsportsmanlike penalties called on him in 2012:

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During the Quicken Loans All-Star Football Challenge, Patterson noticeably loafed when it came his time to run through the obstacles during the team competition. This was merely an exhibition, and the ultimate reason he failed to take it seriously was because his “team” was already far, far behind in the team medley after some missed kicks by the field goal kicker as well as some struggles by the quarterback in the basket throw. This is not necessarily the sign of a bad attitude, but rather just another brain fart moment that showed a lack of understanding that in this process, eyes are on you at all times.



One of the best on-field examples of this kind of brain fart moment came during an interception against Mississippi State. Tyler Bray threw the ball far to the inside on a deep ball with both a corner and safety in coverage. Patterson tracked the ball in the air, looked down at the safety, recognized that he had no shot at the ball, and then stopped for a short time before realizing he needs to play defender. Again, this is not evidence of a malicious or selfish attitude, just more evidence of questionable awareness and a tendency toward potentially dangerous brain fart moments.



Yet more examples of this came during the NFL Combine ...

Production & Statistics

Suffice it to say, Cordarrelle Patterson lit the Jayhawk conference on fire at Hutchinson. His production there is worth mentioning, since ultimately it still counts as college football production. In two seasons, he had 113 catches for 1,849 yards and 24 TDs. He also had 39 carries for 398 yards and 6 TDs. He added 31 kick and punt returns for 882 yards and 6 TDs.

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You can’t have an honest conversation about Patterson’s production without talking about his toughest stretch of receiving production against Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi State and South Carolina. During those games he caught only 8 balls for 107 yards and 1 TD, hardly the stuff of legend. But a few notes:


Patterson had limited opportunities because of his newness to the offense. Justin Hunter was thrown the football 31 times in those games, whereas Tyler Bray only dialed up Patterson’s number 21 times.
You have to consider the run plays for Patterson in these games because they functioned the same as screen passes. With runs added in, suddenly he had 19 touches for 234 yards and 2 TDs in that 4 game stretch. That’s not bad.
Finding a way to affect the game is finding a way to affect the game, and in addition to the total yardage from scrimmage production during that stretch he also had a 100+ yard kick return for a touchdown against Mississippi State, bringing his touchdown total in this 4 game stretch to 3 total scores.

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In the 8 games against these good defenders and/or good defenses, he found a way to score with the football in his hands a total of 8 times. The only one of those teams that kept him out of the end zone was the future National Champion Crimson Tide. That’s showing up against good football teams.

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Back to North Carolina State, Patterson has one of his ridiculous runs against them, but note at the end when even after cutting a bunch of time (expending a tremendous amount of energy) he gets into a stride-for-stride open field situation with David Amerson, who just could not keep up with him. As I said before, David Amerson ran a 4.38 in the 40 yard dash. He was clearly a shade slower than Patterson even after Cordarrelle did all that cutting.

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Hands & Catching

There is an active myth running around that Cordarrelle Patterson does not possess good hands and is a body catcher. Here are some clips that I believe showcase his hands:
You will note that I included a few clips of him from high school and more clips of him from Hutchinson Community College. The reason I did this was simply to show that he is a player that has good hands, is capable of making fantastic catches, and always has been. You don’t suddenly lose your good hands, ability to track the football and secure challenged catches. Because he only had a chance to catch 46 passes at Tennessee, the number of opportunities for him to showcase his hands was limited. A mere few drops spoils everyone’s opinion. That’s why I dug a little deeper into his history so that I could get a more thorough view of his hands.

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Size & Strength

At the Combine, Cordarrelle Patterson measured just over 6’2” in height with 216 lbs. of weight on him. He was well muscled and it is obvious he works out diligently. Sometimes it is easy to forget how this kind of size can benefit you on the football field.

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Route Running

Before I get into the video, I will say that one of my chief concerns with Cordarrelle Patterson involves his route running. It’s not refinement or technique that bother me. He’s better than most give him credit for in that regard. My issues are more about awareness and consistency.

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Run After Catch -

Here is where we get to the fun stuff. ...

Conclusion

Now that you have read all of this (or not, if you skipped down I wouldn’t blame you), I get to tell you that I do not think the Miami Dolphins will have interest in Cordarrelle Patterson at the 12th overall pick in the 1st round. General Manager Jeff Ireland does not have a history suggesting he would accept the risk of a high 1st round wide receiver, let alone this particular one with the challenges he presents. And when Joe Philbin puts Cordarrelle Patterson on the white board, draws up a play and asks Patterson to explain how different coverage would make him adapt his route, I am not entirely sure Patterson will impress in the too-short span of 15 minutes available for these interviews.

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Meanwhile, he gives you a 6’2” and 216 lbs. player that runs as purely fast as Mike Wallace yet moves with the football in his hands like Percy Harvin. A lot of the great players at that position in this league will give you absent-minded brain fart moments. There is always some kind of drawback. But having a player of this caliber helps an offense, and I firmly believe he should be on the short list of choices for the Dolphins at #12 overall.


http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/dave ... ry?page=10


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Meanwhile, he gives you a 6’2” and 216 lbs. player that runs as purely fast as Mike Wallace yet moves with the football in his hands like Percy Harvin. A lot of the great players at that position in this league will give you absent-minded brain fart moments. There is always some kind of drawback. But having a player of this caliber helps an offense, and I firmly believe he should be on the short list of choices for the Dolphins at #12 overall.


that is a great way to describe Patterson's ability


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Sure, but the taller you are means the more mass you have too. And generally, the taller you are the less athletic you're going to be.

6'2 isn't tall enough to fall under the category I guess. But once we start getting into the 6'5's, I think you see a decline.

But aren't most sprinters in the 5'10-6'0 range? Not many taller than 6 feet.



you're right on point Rock, and yes 6'2 is tall enough to be more massive and usually less quick-twitch than shorter more explosive guys. I'm 6'3" and a former sprinter/hurdler and it's harder for us tall guys to come out of a starting block because our long legs make it harder to uncoil and explode out of that crouched position.


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I am sure there are all sorts of arguments about taller guys are faster than shorter guys, but there are so many short guys too that run plenty fast in a 40 yard dash.

Mark Duper was 5'9 185 pounds and ran a 4.28, but Darrell Green was also 5'9 185 pound range and he was rumored to run a ridiculous 4.15 in the 40!!! So some shorter guys with less "strides" have certainly run times with the best of them.

Bo Jackson at 6'1 225 pounds ran an unofficial 4.12 in the 40 & to this day is listed as the fastest to ever play in the NFL. Deon Sanders @ 4.21


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That is a hard core read. My eyes glazed over at least a dozen times.

I agree with the guy's conclusion that in the end Ireland won't draft Patterson because he is too much of a risk. If Miami had an established vet receiver that has already proven he can produce in their offense then bringing in a project player makes sense. He'd have a mentor.


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I am sure there are all sorts of arguments about taller guys are faster than shorter guys, but there are so many short guys too that run plenty fast in a 40 yard dash.

Mark Duper was 5'9 185 pounds and ran a 4.28, but Darrell Green was also 5'9 185 pound range and he was rumored to run a ridiculous 4.15 in the 40!!! So some shorter guys with less "strides" have certainly run times with the best of them.

Bo Jackson at 6'1 225 pounds ran an unofficial 4.12 in the 40 & to this day is listed as the fastest to ever play in the NFL. Deon Sanders @ 4.21


i think it's more impressive when tall guys are fast. Kinda how its more impressive to see a short guy dunk.


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The article says that 4 receivers drew faster than Patterson's time in the 40, but Swope wasn't included...? I thought he ran a 4.32? I saw him ranked 3rd overall.

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I'd sign Usain Bolt to an UDFA contract and try him out at wideout in a heartbeat. Hands, route running, and blocking can all be worked on. Speed can't be worked on. You either have it or you don't.

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I'm not crazy about burning the No. 12 pick on Patterson..........he's too raw. I think your 1st Rd Pick needs to be on a player that will have an immediate impact. Just for a second, let's assume we sign Wallace, that should give us the latitude to sign a CB or O-lineman with the 1st rd pick. This draft is deep with WR talent, we should be able to get good value at WR with a later pick.


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If and that's a big if Miami signs Wallace or Jennings, then they need to use the first round pick to fill one of the many other holes on this team. DE, OT or CB also need to be addressed. That is assuming they resign Hartline.

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