BIO: Three-year starter who led the team in tackles as a senior posting 131/8.5/2. Used at outside linebacker as a junior and registered 103/17/2.
POSITIVES: Run defending linebacker with solid intangibles. Efficient, takes proper angles to the action and plays within himself. Gritty, always working to mix it up and a vicious hitter who wraps up at the point of attack. Forceful up the field, makes his way through blocks and stays with the action. Alert and picks up coverage assignments.
NEGATIVES: Stiff, lacks top speed to the sidelines and struggles in coverage. Cannot cut off the corners from running backs.
ANALYSIS: A two-down defender who goes all out, Patterson would be best backing up for an NFL team at middle linebacker.