2013 Draft Profile – WR Cordarrelle Patterson

Darin Hinshaw has been recruiting players on the high school and junior college level for years, and he’s seen a lot of dusty field and small towns as he’s tried to improve the talent on rosters from Middle Tennessee State, Central Florida, Memphis, Tennessee and now Cincinnati.

Just over a year ago, he kept getting e-mails and text messages from coaches at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. The staff there was telling him over and over again that they had a stud for him to see, a guy who was a physical freak of the nature of Randy Moss, a kid with a strange first name – Cordarrelle Patterson.

“You hear stuff like that all the time,” Hinshaw said. “Most of the time it doesn’t pan out. But I was headed out to Barton County (C.C.) so I went through Hutch so I could see this guy.”

Hinshaw was hooked, and that’s how the receiver-returner from Rock Hill, South Carolina became a big play maker last year for a Tennessee offense that struggled through a 5-7 season.

Now Patterson is available in the 2013 NFL Draft and he will likely be the first wide receiver drafted. Here’s the story of the long, winding road that Cordarrelle Patterson blazed to his chance for the pros.

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