The Empire Strikes Back: Exploring Cordarrelle Patterson’s Dark Side
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Recently I wrote this article on Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter, arguing that (despite his subpar market share of receiving yards) Patterson is the superior prospect and more deserving of a (late) first-round pick in rookie drafts. RotoViz’s Shawn Siegele responded with this fantastic rebuttal, restating and adding to his case against Patterson. While I agree with almost everything Shawn said in his article, I wish, like the empire, to strike back!—well, at least to address some of the legitimate concerns Shawn raised when pointing out the dark side of Patterson as an NFL prospect. In doing so, I understand that I risk becoming to Patterson what Frank was last year to Marvin McNutt (an obsessive advocate), but nevertheless I shall continue, because what is at stake in an evaluation of Patterson, as implied in my original piece, is not just Patterson’s future prospects but also the question of how best to go about evaluating WRs entering the NFL.