Mike Patterson
DT | (5'11", 292, 5.1) | USC

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Selected by: Philadelphia Eagles
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 31(31)
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(DT) Mike Patterson - USC
(DT) Mike Patterson - USC
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Overall: Patterson played as a backup defensive tackle as a true freshman in 2001. He took over as a fulltime starter in 2002 and started every game from that point on  either at the DT or NT position. As a junior in 2003, Patterson had a breakout season with 55 tackles, including 13.5 for loss with seven sacks. He was similarly productive as a senior in 2004, finishing with 45 tackles, 16 TFL and six sacks. If Patterson were two inches taller and 10 pounds bigger he'd be a mid-first round prospect. Unfortunately, Patterson lacks ideal height and has just decent bulk and speed. He's never going to be able to contribute as a two-gap player in the NFL and he's always going to need to be in a scheme that allows him to stay on the move. Patterson is, however, a great fit as a DT or NT ... For complete overview, strengths and weaknesses, login above or become an Insider.
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