According to Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com, a lot of personnel people around the NFL believe it’s going to take rookie wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson some time to pick up the Vikings offense.
“It’s going to take time. It’s going to take a patient coach. There’s going to be a lot of teaching,” said an AFC personnel executive who studied Patterson closely before the draft.
“There’s going to be a lot of walkthroughs. He’s going to need to see it and then physically do it. It’s going to take repetition and reinforcement in the classroom. He’s going to need what we would call ‘the full process.'”
One personnel man says Patterson doesn’t have a football IQ.
“He’s a guy you want on the team because he’s fun-loving, but at the same time, he’s got no football IQ,” said an NFC personnel man who also studied Patterson closely before the draft.
“It was kind of street ball for him at Tennessee. He doesn’t have the ability to understand football, understand how to run routes. But he’s a really, really, really cool talent because he can do it all.”