BIO: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference and All-America honors as a senior after totaling 45/16/6. Junior numbers included 55/13.5/7, when he also won All-Conference honors.
POSITIVES: Explosive interior lineman limited only by a lack of height. Gets off the snap with a great first step, plays with leverage and outstanding balance. Immediately changes direction, rarely off his feet and makes plays laterally, displaying good range. Consistently doubled in the middle of the line yet stout and holds the point. Possesses a burst of closing speed, flashes on the scene and very sudden. Excellent hand technician who displays an array of moves to stay off blocks. Tenacious and goes hard until the whistle blows.
NEGATIVES: Has difficulty pitted against large blockers and swallowed up by opposing linemen.
ANALYSIS: A forceful defender who controls the line of scrimmage and disrupts the offense, Patterson offers an array of skills that project well to the next level. Comes off a terrific Senior Bowl in which he was unblockable most of the week and is rising up draft boards. Measurables will keep him out of the top 40 yet a prospect who will quickly earn playing time as a rookie in the NFL and go on to have a long and productive career.