Patterson, other WRs come to shine at Tennessee pro day

All 32 NFL teams sent representatives to Wednesday’s pro day at the University of Tennessee, where wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and quarterback Tyler Bray were the big attractions. (The Pittsburgh Steelers sent coach Mike Tomlin and offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Wide receiver coaches from the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings were there as well.)

The 6-foot-2 5/8, 217-pound Patterson did 7.21 seconds in the three-cone, slipped in the short shuttle and posted a 4.42, and decided to rest on his combine numbers for the rest of the drills.

Patterson had one drop, and needs to work on his route running, but this kid has unlimited potential.

He wasn’t the only wide receiver who caught the coaches’ eyes on Wednesday. Justin Hunter (6-3 7/8, 200) had a 40-1/2-inch vertical, 11′ 6″ in the broad jump, 7.19 in the three-cone drill, and was smooth and fluid. Da’Rick Rogers, a 6-2 5/8-inch, 219-pound wide receiver who went to Tennessee, then transferred to Tenn Tech, did 38 in the vertical, kept the rest of his numbers from the combine, and caught the ball well. Mychal Rivera, a tight end who is 6-3½ and 238, did 31 in the vertical, benched 21 times, and caught the ball well. And Zach Rogers (6-1, 182) ran 4.49 and 4.50 in the 40-yard dash, did 9′ 7″ in the broad jump, a 32 vertical, 4.30 short shuttle and 6.72 three-cone.

As for Bray, the 6-6 3/8, 229-pound QB has a big arm, really spins the ball well, but needs to work on his accuracy.

On the other side of the ball, defensive lineman Montori Hughes (6-4 1/2, 338) posted a 4.87 short shuttle, 7.70 three-cone, and looked very strong in position drills. Hughes is not the best athlete, but he is very strong.

Thirteen Tennessee players, plus one each from Tennessee-Martin and Tennessee Tech, participated in the workout, which was held indoors on FieldTurf.

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