Before They Were Pros: Cordarrelle Patterson

Cordarrelle Patterson talked about his unconventional path to the NFL when he was at the scouting combine, also addressing his skills, his outlet for the draft and more.

On his path to the NFL …
"It was a good path, man. I had to go to junior college and ended up at Tennessee. I wouldn't change it for nothing. Everyplace I went, I enjoyed every second of it."

On testing his patience by having to attend Hutchinson Community College in Kansas …
"Oh, yeah, there were a lot of times I doubted because I had to leave high school and go all the way to Hutchinson in Kansas. I would call my mom every day and ask her if she still thought I needed to do this and she said, ‘Yeah, it's been your dream for a long time so just make sure you stick with it."

On last season at Tennessee …
"I wanted to go in and try to be the best at my position and hope my dream would come true and be in the NFL."

On how he could help himself at the NFL Scouting Combine …
"Go in Saturday and Sunday and give it my best and make sure I do everything right so teams can look at me and say good things about myself."

On if he needs a big week to secure a high-round draft status …
"I know I can help myself a lot. I know what I can do. I'm going to go in and just give it my all."

On if he patterned himself after any receiver …
"Yeah, Julio Jones."

On why he chose to enter the NFL draft after only one season at Tennessee …
"I didn't expect to be a one-year-and-done, but we had the coaching change and everything was getting a little crazy, so I wanted to get out of there."

On his strengths as a receiver …
"Speed, catching and scoring."

On how those skills can transfer to the NFL …
"The things I did in college, I expect to come in as a rookie and be a good rookie and be a Pro Bowler."

On the assessment that he is a raw receiver …
"I don't listen to anything anyone says about my ability. God gave it to me and I go out every day and practice hard at practice, and in the games I expect big things out of myself."

On the interest the Dolphins have shown …
"I haven't talked to them like that but I have a meeting set with them later on today. Miami is my home and I'll do whatever I have to do."

On if he thought he could go from a junior college to just one year at Tennessee and be a first-round pick …
"I really didn't even think like that. There's rumors coming around that I can be and I hope this weekend I can show that I can be that No. 1 receiver."

On interest from the Panthers …
"My mama, she talks about that all the time. If I could be that close to home, I know she'd be at every game possible. When I was little, I used to always think about playing for the Panthers. If that dream comes true, then it comes true."

On what he's been working on …
"My route-running and learning coverages, just getting better at that."

On if he thought he would be able to dominate at Tennessee …
"I didn't, because when I went to Tennessee, I didn't even think I was going to be a starter. But then I went in and some things happened at Tennessee and people started expecting big things from me, so I had to fill that role."

On how high he could be selected in the draft …
"I say I'm a top-15 pick, but I can't control what coaches think and they're the ones that make the decisions. If they see me in the top 15, top 10, then I respect that because I think I am."


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