After being selected in the first round with the 29th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings, Cordarrelle Patterson’s four-year run in Minnesota is now over as he is officially a member of the Oakland Raiders.
Patterson was unable to live up to the expectations placed on him being a first round selection in Minnesota, but there are greener pastures out in Oakland.
During his four years as a Viking, he failed to eclipse more than 500 receiving yards in a season and only has seven career receiving touchdowns.
Perhaps the area Patterson can most impact a game is with his blazing speed as a kick returner. The Oakland Raiders will be gaining the services of someone they have experienced first-hand. In week ten of the 2015 season, Cordarrelle Patterson took a Sebastian Janikowski kickoff 93-yards to the house, helping to defeat the Raiders 30-14.
Throughout his career, Patterson has returned five kickoffs for touchdowns, and he had a league-high average of 31.7 yards per return last season.
The addition of Patterson to the special teams unit will help to bolster Oakland’s return game that has been lacking since Jacoby Ford left town in 2013. The Oakland Raiders have yet to see a kick returned for a touchdown since Jacoby Ford back in 2011.
In Patterson’s final year with the Vikings, he had his most productive season catching the ball as he reeled in 52 passes for 453-yards and two touchdowns. We all know Patterson is one of the league's best kickoff returners, and if he can show improvement as a wide-out, the Raiders may have found a diamond in the rough.