The four-month gauntlet through which an athlete transitions from college student to NFL millionaire is demeaning by just about any standard. But for Tennessee wideout Cordarrelle Patterson, the scrutiny has been especially unkind.
His test scores were leaked and mocked, his intelligence and ability to run routes questioned. Various sources have complained about his interviews, his attitude and his body language.
Despite it all, Patterson will be seated at Radio City Music Hall for the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday (TV: ESPN, 8 p.m.). Most prognosticators — even those skeptical of his intellect — will be surprised if the evening ends without Patterson being picked.
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