The Minnesota Vikings selected Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson with the 29th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Fantasy analysis: The Vikes shipped health question mark Percy Harvin away in the winter but replaced him, in essence if not exactly in terms of mold, with free-agent Greg Jennings. And yet this offense was still in desperate need of another playmaking target for Christian Ponder, and they selected one after trading with the New England Patriots to get back into the first round.
Patterson, like Jennings, is capable of gaining a lot of yardage after the catch, although the 2013 draft selection is more apt to gain it of his own accord. The question is how well and quickly he'll adapt to the NFL game, which requires more precision than he's known to employ, especially in his route-running. He's used to getting by with the advantage his athleticism creates, and that won't be enough in the NFL.
As such, Patterson is a bit of a project and not likely a great fantasy asset in Year 1. If he's a common selection in fantasy drafts, it'll likely be as a late-round gamble. If he makes striking progress in OTAs and training camp, his stock should rise, though. He has the sheer ability to be a force, albeit an inconsistent one, in his rookie season. Ultimately, Minnesota will rely on Adrian Peterson and other weapons and just be happy with what Patterson contributes when he can, likely.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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