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NFL Mock Draft 2013: Cordarrelle Patterson a good fit for the Dolphins?

Miami could use a No. 1 receiver, but will they be able to find it in this draft class?

Kevin C. Cox

Few would argue that the Miami Dolphins don't need an imposing receiving threat for quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Brian Hartline did have 74 catches for 1,083 yards in 2012, but he had just one touchdown and is not a "No. 1" receiver. Davone Bess had some nice plays but still isn't the big target that the Dolphins are seeking. What people might question, though, is whether or not that kind of player is available in this draft class.

The 2013 class is heavy on defense at the top, and thin on impact skill position players. One such player might be wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson of Tennessee, and Mel Kiper sent Patterson to the Dolphins in his first mock draft of the year:

Patterson had just one year against top competition after spending two years at the junior college level, but he has very good hands, can beat cornerbacks with his height and strength, and will go up and beat defenders for 50-50 balls.

Patterson is 6'3, 205 pounds and could have speed as fast as a 4.34 40-yard dash. He caught 46 passes for 778 yards and five touchdowns for the Volunteers this year, had 323 rushing yards and also returned kicks and punts. He could be the dynamic open-field player that Miami is looking for, but will they take him at No. 12?

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