Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Vikings
|WR - #49||MIN||Probable||2 years||22||6'2||216||@ceeflashpee84|
2013 Outlook: Sleeper (undervalued)Last updated on Aug-13-2013 by Rob Warner
Update (8/13): Patterson had a solid NFL preseason debut. He led the Vikings with four catches for 54 yards and added a 50-yard kick return on the first play of the game game. Patterson should push Jerome Simpson to the bench and secure a starting spot opposite Greg Jennings as Minnesota's starting X receiver.
The Vikings traded back into round 1 to select Patterson at #29 overall. He has ideal size (6-3, 205 pounds), but played just one year against D-1 competition after spending two years in junior college. CP set a University of Tennessee record with 1,858 all-purpose yards in 2012. Patterson is a dynamic kick returner and was the first player to score a touchdown four ways (receiving, rushing, kick return, punt return) in a single season since 2008. He tested very well at the combine, running a 4.42 forty with a 37-inch vertical and 10-foot-8 broad jump. There is no denying his dynamic playmaking ability, but raw route running and limited D-1 experience could give the rookie some growing pains in his first NFL season. Although Patterson is running behind Jerome Simpson at the X position in OTAs - we fully expect he unseats Simpson early on, making him an intriguing late round flier (especially in dynasty leagues). His current ADP has him coming off the board in rounds 10/11 as the 45th WR selected.
Apparently, the Vikings franchise player has made it known who he'd like to have handing him the ball in 2014. Running back Adrian Peterson tweeted on Thursday that he thinks QB Michael Vick could be the key to Minnesota getting back to the playoffs. Vick started six games for Philadelphia in 2013, injured his hamstring, then stood on the sideline the rest of the year, holding a clipboard, while Nick Foles put up impressive numbers in his 10 starts and led the Eagles to the playoffs.
While it's still very possible that the Eagles re-sign Vick when free agency opens this month, he won't figure to be in the picture as the starting QB in Philly. If Vick thinks that he has a better shot at starting in Minnesota, it's not entirely ridiculous to think he may consider that option. The Vikings had three quarterbacks on their roster at the end of the year in Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel, and Josh Freeman. Cassel and Freeman became free agents when the season ended and it's obvious the Vikings didn't have a ton of confidence in Ponder.
The Minnesota brass has stated that they consider all facets of how a player will affect their team, including the impact to the team's culture, before pursuing anyone in free agency. However, I'm sure they're also mindful of what message Peterson is sending with his simple tweet. Peterson's vote of confidence for Vick may be more of an indication to Vikings management that he isn't really in the mood to continue "developing a QB". He wants to win and he wants to win now. He thinks Vick gives them a chance to do that. Even if the Vikings don't pursue Vick, they'd better be mindful of Peterson's message. The last thing any team wants is their face of the franchise being disgruntled.
The signing of Vick would obviously make Peterson happy. In addition, it would probably be good for young WR Cordarrelle Patterson to have a veteran QB throwing him the ball for an entire season. Vick would definitely be an upgrade over anything the Vikings had going for them in 2013.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors3/6 - Vick and Peterson in the Vikings backfield?
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2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|17.06||Fantasytaz - Jim Day - With such a deep roster I was surprised to find Patterson still available this late. He is still a very raw receiver but with Percy Harvin gone and Greg Jennings not as good as he once was, Patterson should have several big games and could ultimately surprise everyone with his playmaking ability.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
|11.04||Zach Law on Sports|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
|12.12||FantasyTaz - At this point I am just looking for pure upside. Patterson is raw and I don't love his QB, but he should have some solid games even as a rookie. The problem will be knowing when those weeks will come. I would rather take the chance that he flashes as a rookie then take a guy with very limited upside, just makes no sense to grab a player that has a very low ceiling as a WR5. Safe is not always smart.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
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