Earlier this month, there was some buzz that began to mount in the scouting community surrounding potential first-round pick Cordarrelle Patterson. Patterson reportedly performed very poorly during team interviews throughout the draft process and that is causing him to slide out of the first-round discussion.
He has also shown an inability to learn new offenses and that has raised a lot of concern moving forward.
Now, there is another red flag with Peterson above the shoulders.
In a report from Bob McGinn in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Patterson’s bombed the Wonderlic test at the scouting combine.
According to several teams, Patterson wasn’t impressive during interviews at the combine. He also scored 11 on the 50-question Wonderlic intelligence test, which caused more consternation.
“Mentally, it’s going to be a project,” one personnel man told McGinn. “Running routes, he doesn’t know how to do any of that stuff. You may have to keep it simple for him, but this is football. It’s not building a super glider or anything.”
Another added, “You’re not expecting receivers to be in the 30s, but you’ve got to have some type of intelligence to pick up the system.”
If these concerns continue to gain steam over the next week, Patterson could be drafted much later than a majority of people are expecting. You need intelligence to pick up the wide receiver position and, unfortunately, that is where Patterson’s biggest questions surface.