Biography: Full-time starter the past three seasons after seeing extensive action with the first team as a freshman. Totals last year included 67/4/1.5 after 55/8.5/1.5 as a junior. Posted a career-best 104 tackles as a sophomore.
Positives: Short yet athletic linebacker who makes plays sideline to sideline. Effective in pursuit, displays a burst to the action and covers a lot of area on the field. Nicely collapses from the outside to defend the run, immediately alters his angle of attack and breaks down well.
Negatives: Undersized and easily caught up in the trash. Late reacting to the action.
Analysis: Patterson is a chase and run down linebacker who will have a chance in a system that allows him to freely flow to the action. Possesses the skills necessary to be productive on special teams, which is the way he?ll make an NFL roster.
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