Kevin C. Cox
With Anquan Boldin being shipped off to San Fran(a scary team becomes scarier btw), could the Titans look for the versatile receiver to provide some much needed reliability to a receiving core led by Kenny Britt?
4.42 40yd dash
37.0 in vertical
128.0 broad jump
Patterson is a bonafide stud with the prototypical stature an NFL receiver should have. at 6'2 he has the size to go up for the football and make some big time catches over nfl corners. Along with his great size, Patterson has game breaking speed. When he gets the ball in his hands, Patterson routinely displays smooth cuts as he gets in and out of breaks with little to no effort.
At UT, Derek Dooley ran a vertical offense which produced plenty of big plays down field. Although the Volunteers worked primarily out of the shotgun, there were also plenty of plays ran under center which should give Patterson some sort of familiarity with the nfls pro style offense. Though with the pistol concepts expected to be ran in Nashville this fall, Patterson would instantly contribute.
Patterson does a great job of making plays on the ball. He consistently attacks the ball at it's highest point rather than waiting for the ball to fall in his hands, a issue i continuously see with Britt. Patterson has shown he can catch in traffic and has displayed great sideline awareness getting his feet in bounds and quite often fights for extra yards.
Like most Titan receivers, Patterson occasionally gets a case of the "droppies". The majority of which came from him turning his head upfield before making and maintaining possession of the ball. This should be corrected in the NFL when coaches take him back to basics to help mold him into a nfl player.
I like to classify Patterson as sort of the "Ziggy Ansah" of receivers. He is quite raw and does not run the best of routes. Much can be corrected but in the first round, you should expect your receiver to run better routes. He also is pretty limited as a blocker, getting beat by corners more than you would like to see. Again, this is something that can be fixed with coaching.
For starters, the only way this guy shows up in two tone blue on Sundays is if the Titans miss out on Chance Warmack while also addressing the defensive line in free agency( Michael Bennett please!). With Darius Reynaud not the most reliable return man and Mariani probably done as a returner, Patterson could provide a nice upgrade to special teams while also providing some sort of assurance behind Kenny Britt who will either pull a hamstring or be arrested for swiping a pack of skittles from wal mart before the season starts. All in all, i can't say I would hate it if the Titans nabbed him, even though 10 would be quite high. But if you ask me, the more weapons for Jake(and future SB MVP Rusty Smith!!) the better.