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New England Patriots Draft Prospects: Cordarrelle Patterson, Stansly Maponga


The New England Patriots almost certainly won’t have a chance at drafting Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson with the 29th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, because he will be gone long before the Patriots are on the board. It’s interesting how fast certain prospects rise in draft classes after just a month, because Patterson was once mocked to the Patriots in the late first-round. Nowadays, he is viewed as one of the best five prospects not just at the wide receiver position but overall.

Former executive Tony Softli listed Patterson as the fourth-best player in the 2013 NFL Draft writing, “Patterson has some extremely impressive positional attributes. Despite small hands, he has natural receiving skills to complement his sturdy frame. His versatility (WR, KOR, PR) and skill set brings instant playmaking ability to the next level.”

Great mini-scouting report there from Softli, and the three players ranked ahead of Patterson on his list are blue-chip prospects Luke Joeckel, Star Lotulelei, and Jarvis Jones respectively.

TCU could have some sleeper prospects in this draft class, and one of those prospective sleepers is defensive end Stansly Maponga, who ran forty times of 4.84 and 4.85 at TCU’s pro day, per Dallas Cowboys beat guy Calvin Watkins. Maponga is about 6’2″, 275 pounds and has some nice strength and athleticism to boot, which makes him an intriguing prospect to watch on the defensive line in the later rounds. He is regarded as a DL with upside as a pass rusher, so that’s somebody to take an occasional glance at.

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