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Cordarrelle Patterson made me dizzy running bubble screens in 2013 and is drawing elite comparisons in 2014. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images.
Cordarrelle Patterson made me dizzy running bubble screens in 2013 and is drawing elite comparisons in 2014. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images.


Cordarrelle Patterson was drafted by the Vikings to replace Percy Harvin, and the Vikings feel like they were successful in that goal. He's almost half way to matching Harvin's Vikings record of five kick return touchdowns with his two last year. His physicality after the catch drew comparisons to his teammate, running back Adrian Peterson. Now Patterson enters his second year with the Vikings and will be a focal point for new Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner. Turner made the troubled Josh Gordon a fantasy stud last season and will do the same with Patterson. In Turner's offense, Patterson is capable of becoming an elite wide receiver, but expect him to finish with 75 catches for 800 yards and eight touchdowns.

Why he's being overlooked

Cordarrelle Patterson's weakness is his inexperience with complex offensive schemes. Route running is not a strength of his which is why he was limited to routes near the line of scrimmage in his rookie season. His quarterbacks also stink.