Coach Leslie Frazier has been impressed with first-round WR Cordarrelle Patterson through the early days of Vikings camp. Patterson has tremendous ability at 6’2″, 216 lbs. with a 4.42 forty time and a 37 inch vertical. Patterson is an athletic freak with insane after-catch elusiveness, but he’s still learning to run routes with confidence and precision. Patterson is currently behind Jerome Simpson at the WR2 position but has the ability to win the starting role during the training camp. So far he has looked impressive.
“If you were going to put together a receiver, he would look like Cordarrelle. He has the vertical speed to get behind defensive backs. That won’t be an issue. That’s going to give us a dimension we didn’t have a year ago.”
-Coach Leslie Frazier
The key to beating out Jerome Simpson for the starting split end job will be getting off jams at the line of scrimmage and running crisp routes in traffic. Patterson’s current Average Draft Position is 149, or the second pick in the 13th round, according to FantasyFootballCalculator.com.
If Patterson beats out Jerome Simpson for the WR2 position during camp, hit value will sky rocket. Even if he doesn’t win the starting role in camp, he is likely to take over sometime during the season. A late round draft pick to stash this guy on your bench will not be wasted, especially if he out plays Simpson in camp. Patterson is one of many rookies to keep an eye on this August.