40: 4.45 (estimated)
Physical receiver that is good in press coverage. Is able to get the jam and jolt receiver off snap. Has good awareness and feel for playing in space. Does a good job keeping things in front of him. Has nice ball skills and is able to read the quarterback in zone and break up the pass. Shows good burst and speed off the corner as a blitzer. Gives effort in run support on the edge and will lower the shoulder to deliver a hit to a back or receiver.
Doesn't have great hips or burst to matchup in man coverage. Gives up too much cushion at times. Needs to be better on the deep pass, not always playing the ball in the air. Will whiff on too many tackles in run support. Doesn't consistently wrap up, just trying to lower shoulder and deliver hit. Will take some poor angles to the ball when he gives up the underneath reception, and thus miss the stop.
Patrick shows good ball skills and awareness in zone, but seems a lot less effective when he's left on an island in man coverage. He may be limited to playing in a Cover-2 scheme that features a lot of press coverage, and even then he may only be a reserve. He had his coming out season as a senior, with 49 tackles, 6.5 for loss, 5 picks, 12 breakups, and a sack. Prior to that in his two full seasons of starting he combined for 103 tackles, 5 for loss, 2 picks, and 6 breakups. He's had some off-field issues while at Louisville. He was charged with misdemeanor assault this past summer, although pled guilty to reduced charges, for an incident in which he allegedly threw a female acquaintance to the ground. And he was charged the preceding spring with driving with a suspended license.
Patrick plays hard, but doesn't consistently show the tools you want to see in a man corner. And the number of teams that utilize a lot of zone coverage are diminishing. In the traditional Tampa-2 scheme, I think he has the potential to be a solid No. 2 corner. But outside that scheme, I think he's probably just a nickel corner at best. There is some potentail that if he doesn't stick as a cornerback, that a team could move him to safety. But he's not quite as disciplined a tackler as I would like to see to make a smooth transition there. If he can play on special teams, he'll make a roster and has the potential and ability to at least develop into a valuable role player. But I just wonder if he's not another Chevis Jackson and there is a ceiling on how good a player he can be because he doesn't have the hips to excel in man coverage.
Patrick would fit in Atlanta because he's a physical corner like the team wants, but he doesn't have the hips and burst to really be a factor as a slot corner, just like Jackson was here in Atlanta. Instead he would have to be considered a long-term developmental option on the outside, and unless the Falcons were to move Grimes to the slot, he would probably be a career backup here that would need to shine on special teams to stick long-term.
For a zone-heavy team, Patrick is worth a pick in the fourth round. But for anybody else, you're better off waiting until the fifth or sixth round.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Man Coverage: 2.5
Zone Coverage: 3.5
Ball Skills: 3.5
Scouting reports of the cornerbacks in the 2011 Draft.
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