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Oct 12, 2012; Starkville, MS, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) runs with the ball during the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium. Mississippi State won 41-31. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden–USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Draft Prospects: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

At some point the Detroit Lions will use a pre-draft visit on someone that isn’t a former Tennessee Volunteer wide recevier. Through two visits, however, they are two-for-two as today’s visitor was Cordarrelle Patterson.

Height: 6’2″
Weight: 216 lbs.
Arm Length: 31 3/4″
Hands: 9″
40-Yd Dash: 4.42 sec
Vert Jump: 37″
Broad Jump: 128″

While yesterday’s visitor, Justin Hunter, is considered a fringe first round wide receiver, his former teammate Cordarrelle Patterson is a solid first-rounder that could wind up a top-ten pick. There are some concerns over the consistency of his route-running but he has the physical tools teams are looking for in a wide receiver and can contribute immediately as a return man.

The question is, how does the Lions’ interest fit within their overall draft plan? Martin Mayhew has selected a wide receiver in every draft he has presided over since taking over in 2009 and it would be no surprise to see the Lions take another considering Titus Young is gone, leaving the Lions with the need for an outside receiver.

While Patterson shouldn’t be considered for the fifth overall pick, the current read on the draft is that he won’t be available when the Lions pick in the second round. Of course, surprises always happen and so the Lions could be just doing their due diligence. The brought in Nick Fairley for a visit in 2011 despite the fact that conventional thinking said he wouldn’t be available for the Lions. But he was.

The Lions also need to get a look at prospects that figure to fall between their first and second picks if they want to entertain any thoughts of making a draft day trade – whether that be trading back in the first round, or up from the second round.

Whatever the case, Patterson is a good looking prospect that fits a need for the Lions in an area they have shown a repeated preference for as they have built since 2009.

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