Cordarrelle Patterson is one of the greatest playmakers the University of Tennessee has ever seen.
Patterson, a native of Rock Hill, SC (which has been a hotbed for talent in recent years), played only one season on Rocky Top, but that was enough to make a lasting impression on Vol fans.
The former Vol wide receiver continued his playmaking ways with the Minnesota Vikings as a rookie in 2014, scoring touchdowns via reception, rush attempt and kickoff return.
I think there’s little doubt that most football fans believe that Patterson is a threat to score each time the ball is in his hands.
So it should come as no surprise that Patterson, clad in sunglasses that are fitting of a man nicknamed “flash”, recently told NFL.com’s Akbar Gbajabiamila that he will be a top five playmaker.
During a recent episode of NFL Fan Pass, NFL Media’s Akbar Gbajabiamila postulated that Patterson could be a top-five receiver in 2014. The second-year player wouldn’t put himself on that top-shelf of pass-catchers, but admitted he’s dynamic with the ball in his hands.
“I’m going to be a top-five playmaker,” Patterson said. “I’m a playmaker, I like to make plays. Like I tell them, just get the ball in my hands I feel like I’m special with it. I just like to do special things with the ball.”
It’s hard to disagree with Patterson. He certainly has the ability and he obviously has the confidence.
All indications have been that Patterson has improved his route running during the off-season, his biggest perceived weakness.
The addition of Norv Turner, who is taking over as the Vikings’ offensive coordinator in 2014, should only help Patterson this upcoming season. Turner employs a vertical passing game that will utilize Patterson’s speed and freakish athletic ability.
Cordarrelle Patterson might not be a top five wide receiver in 2014, but a possible status as a top five playmaker is beyond plausible.