Kevin C. Cox
Tennessee wideout Cordarrelle Patterson, Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins high on potential Minnesota draft boards.
The Minnesota Vikings are set to take Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, according to the latest mock draft from Rob Rang and Dane Brugler of CBS Sports. Both Rang and Brugler expect Minnesota to select the 6'3, 205 lb. junior wideout with the 22nd selection. Patterson, who transferred to Tennessee after two years at Hutchinson (KS) Community College, caught 46 passes for 778 yards and five touchdowns in his one season in Knoxville. He added 308 rushing yards on 25 carries, running for another three scores.
A mock draft from drafttek.com gives the Vikings the 23rd pick, which Minnesota uses on Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. The 6'1 200-lb. junior wideout was far more productive than Patterson, recording 82 receptions for 1405 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2012, including a 13-catch, 191-yard performance against LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Elsewhere, a National Football Post mock draft has Minnesota selecting Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams with the 24th pick. Williams is a gargantuan 6'4, 320-lb. interior lineman, and would likely be the eventual replacement for veteran defensive tackle Kevin Williams.