NFL Mock Draft 2013: Pats select Cordarrelle Patterson

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New England needs help outside the numbers, meaning Patterson could certainly be of use.

The New England Patriots have issues at wide receiver, which is why Dan Kadar of SB Nation's Mocking The Draft has them selecting the Tennessee Volunteers' Cordarrelle Patterson with the No. 29 overall pick.

Patterson has been thought by many to be the top receiver in the draft, along with other talents such as Tavon Austin from the West Virginia Mountaineers and DeAndre Hopkins of the Clemson Tigers.

Last year, Patterson was a star, amassing 46 catches for 778 yards and five touchdowns in the defense-oriented SEC.

It's a logical pick after New England decided to release Brandon Lloyd after only one season in Foxboro. Despite making 74 catches for 911 yards, Patriots coach Bill Belichick thought it was time to move on.

The Tennessee product fits the mold of what New England looks for in its receivers. Patterson has speed and gets in and out of breaks quickly. With so much of the Patriots offense based on timing, Patterson's quickness can't be overvalued.

Should New England pass on taking a wide receiver, it also needs help at corner and safety.

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