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Patterson played just one year of Division I football, but the two-time junior college All-American is one of the best natural athletes in this draft class and will be a first-round pick - possibly the first wide receiver selected. Patterson, who was at North Carolina Tech in 2009 but didn't play football, exploded onto the national stage after spending two years at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. In 12 games for the Volunteers, he led the SEC with 1,858 all-purpose yards - a school record - and set a conference record for combined kickoff and punt return average (27.6). The Rock Hill, S.C., native also became the first NCAA player since 2008 to score a TD via reception, rush, punt return and kickoff return in a single season. Patterson, the team leader with 10 touchdowns, was an All-SEC first-team pick as an all-purpose performer. Learning NFL concepts and route running could slow his transition into the pro game, but Patterson had 46 catches for 778 yards and five TDs in his only FBS season, and he has the explosiveness off the line of scrimmage to run past most defensive backs. He ran an impressive 4.42 time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. His ability to carry the ball out of the backfield and return both punts and kickoffs makes him a valuable asset for any team looking for a dynamic athlete who could break free any time he touches the ball. Even with all of his natural ability with the ball in his hands, Patterson has no problem blocking for others.