Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Is Cordarrelle Patterson a match for Miami?
By James Walker
It's no secret that wide receiver is the biggest need for the Miami Dolphins in 2013. The team was ranked 27th in passing last season and leading receiver Brian Hartline is an unrestricted free agent who could hit the open market.
Young quarterback Ryan Tannehill needs legitimate weapons around him in order to take the next step in his second season. The Dolphins have tremendous resources via free agency and the draft to put Tannehill in a position to succeed.
Most pundits link free-agent receivers like Greg Jennings or Mike Wallace to Miami. But what about the draft? Is the dynamic Cordarrelle Patterson from the University of Tennessee a possibility?
The Dolphins hold the No. 12 overall pick and Patterson is one of the few receivers worth considering in that spot. Patterson is raw with just one year of Division I experience, but he has all the physical tools to be a playmaker at the next level.
"From a height, width, speed, talent perspective, he might be one of the most talented physical specimens in this class," NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said on a conference call this week. "I think he’s taking your breath away from the ability to make plays, especially after he gets the ball in his hands. He’s a special talent."
The Dolphins need athletic playmakers on offense. Patterson certainly fits that mold. Tannehill has a strong arm and can make all the throws, but he was limited last year with a below average supporting cast at wide receiver and tight end.
Patterson is definitely a prospect Miami will keep an eye on at the NFL combine this week.