As I’ve been scanning all of the various NFL websites who are conducting mock drafts and seeing who they thought was good fit for the Bengals, one common theme has been defensive ends and linebackers. But one that stood out to me was the National Football Post Mock Draft, which had the Bengals drafting Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson, despite the Bengals having just drafted Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones last year:
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee, Junior: The Bengals hit big time on their selection of AJ Green and like the potential of Marvin jones, but the chance to grab Patterson, who reminds us a lot of Falcons’ receiver Roddy White, makes too much sense as he would be a great weapon opposite Green.
Patterson finished this season second on the team with 46 catches for 778 yards and five touchdowns, earning first-team All-SEC honors. He also had three rushing touchdowns and two scores on special teams, one punt return touchdown and one kick return for a score
I’m actually not completely opposed to this, as Patterson is not only the perfect big-play receiver to compliment A.J. Green with, but is also a dynamic return-man, and the Bengals may lose both of their returners in Adam Jones and Brandon Tate to free agency.
Depending on how free agency shapes out, if the Bengals are able to address their primary needs ( LB, RB, S) via free agency while re-signing their own, perhaps a dynamic receiver like Patterson in the first-round would be such a bad idea after all.