Tennessee Volunteer junior wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is likely heading to the 2013 NFL Draft. While no official declaration has been made as of yet, head coach Butch Jones told the media on Wednesday that Patterson is “definitely going to the NFL.” Jones told reporters, “He’s a special player with a great skill set, I wish him well.”
Patterson hauled in 46 receptions in 2012 for 778 yards and five touchdowns. His skill set was highlighted by the fact that he also scored three rushing touchdowns, a punt and a kickoff return for touchdowns as well. Patterson became the first player in Volunteer history to score a touchdown four different ways in 2012. The 6′ 3″ 205 pound receiver also landed first-team All-SEC honors as well this season.
NFLDraftscout.com has ranked Patterson as the seventh best receiver in this year’s draft class, assigning him a rank of the 54th best player available. His 40-time is a reported 4.46 and is currently projected as a second-round selection. Mock drafts on the CBS site have Patterson being selected by the Seattle Seahawks.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper projects Patterson as a mid first round receiver, suggesting that if he were to remain in Tennessee for his senior season, he could potentially be a top five overall selection. While speaking to knoxnews.com, Kiper stated he has Patterson as the 11th rated player in the upcoming draft.