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NFL Draft Profile: Jarrett Patterson, Offensive Center, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

NFL draft profile scouting report for Notre Dame offensive center, Jarrett Patterson

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#55
Pos: OC
Ht: 6044
Wt: 305
DOB: 9/1/_
Eligible: 2022
Laguna Hills, CA
Mission Viejo High School

Jarrett Patterson
Notre Dame Fighting Irish


Pros:

Lamattina: Patterson’s frame is built very well to withstand contact and show that his strength is very much up to standard to play at the next level. Very sufficient moving to the second level and understanding his blocking assignments as he moves into open space. Strong anchor that gives him the platform to succeed on passing downs. Can take contact and redirect his opponent to clear space. Maintains balance well in passing sets to hold his ground. Classic people-mover in the run game. Plays with active hands to constantly adjust against counter moves as a pass blocker. Even though he is on the low-end of relative athleticism, Patterson showed that he can swing out wide from the center position to make blocks in the B and C gaps.

Ezring: NFL-level size and technique are hard to come by among draft prospects. Notre Dame’s experienced center, Jarrett Patterson, complements his NFL frame and decent length with extremely refined play and high-level awareness. In pass protection, Patterson exhibits patience while seeking out contact if unoccupied. He plays with steady gap discipline and consistently recognizes stunts. Furthermore, he maintains a wide base through engagement and can reset his base while being driven back. The California native also understands leverage and how to obtain it. What’s more, he displays efficient, quick, accurate and well-timed hands. He is capable of resetting when defenders bat his arms away. Further, Patterson plays with sound weight distribution and keeps his feet active to close distance on opponents. The former offensive tackle’s technique complements and enhances his power profile by manufacturing an anchor through leverage. Similarly, he has sufficient flexibility in his waist to enable him to stalemate defenders and combat power rushers. Moreover, Patterson plays with impressive grip strength to sustain blocks. He reliably mirrors through engagement. In the A-gap, he displays one-on-one power. In the run game, Patterson exhibits decent leg drive and can generate a push in double-team situations. Additionally, the talented lineman has the requisite movement skills to mirror in the A-gap and to perform short pulls on reach blocks.

Pun: Jarett Patterson is a near-elite pass protector and it all starts with his quick processing skills to react to incoming blitzes, twists and games. He constantly has his head on a swivel and has a great pre-snap understanding of where he should expect defenders to come from. At the point-of-attack, Patterson maximizes his functional length as he strikes defenders in the breastplate and does a solid job of latching on, locking out and anchoring - most of the time he is able to drop his weight and prevent penetration on power rushes. Patterson is also very beneficial to his offenses’ running game as he can execute any block or scheme required. He does well in Zone schemes, possessing just enough first step quickness to gain leverage to the playside and Patterson understands how to angle his hips to wall off defenders from the direction of the run. He’s quite adept at combo blocking to the 2nd level, locating linebackers quickly and landing his strike while on the move. It’s important to note that, even if the execution is not always perfect, Patterson is regularly able to provide his running backs with a functional path of action due to how his physical toughness opens up potential lanes. Patterson is also effective on double teams in gap/power calls, he gets hip-to-hip with his teammate and generates push by getting low and driving his feet.

Cons:

Lamattina: He is a sub-par athlete. Limited lateral mobility as a blocker because he can’t open up his hips in order to extend his stride outwards. Struggles with quicker rushers, as well as late rushers coming from the second level. Will occasionally over-step blocks when moving into space. Needs to find blocks more often as he advances as well when there isn’t a clear defender in his path. Has to improve his reaction time when pass blocking to explode up and into the block after he snaps the ball. Can lose the first couple steps, although his anchor was strong enough at the collegiate level to regain his leverage. His hands are active, but can lack strength in the grip causing him to lose hold of his blocks that results in late pressure to his quarterback.

Ezring: While Notre Dame’s experienced center should start early in the league, his ceiling is capped by his underwhelming athletic profile. Patterson will likely only see significant playing time in a gap scheme at the next level. He does not have the length to block on the move. The former offensive tackle will play along the interior at the next level, as he is routinely outreached by longer defenders. Further, NFL teams would be best served to keep him stationary in the A gap. From the inside, the lineman struggles to identify and pick up delayed rushers from the second level. What’s more, Patterson’s anchor and power are concerning. Defenders often push-pull, stack-shed or bench press to replace him. The California native also fails to control his opponents. Patterson is thrown around by any opposition that reaches his frame; this will be exacerbated by NFL-level competition. Moreover, the Fighting Irish star is an average mover who struggles on reach blocks. Patterson is inconsistent when tasked with getting to space. Likewise, he struggles to properly engage at the second level due to his poor change of direction ability. The Notre Dame standout’s movement skills even undermine his intelligence; he sometimes fails to pick up stunts that he successfully recognizes. Finally, Patterson will need to prove he has returned to form after a foot injury prematurely ended his 2020 season.

Pun: Patterson occasionally struggles versus defensive tackles with quick get off as it becomes tougher to fit his hands properly. When Patterson cannot get inside hand placement and grip onto defenders, he allows penetration into the backfield in the run or pass game. In addition, Patterson is very willing to finish his blocks but gets off balance when trying to bury defenders and can be shed as a result. Lastly, his pad level can wane on longer drives and in the 4th quarter, most noticeably affecting his ability to anchor.

Summary:

Lamattina: Coming into his third consecutive season as a starter for the Fighting Irish, Jarrett Patterson is an experienced veteran in the interior of the offensive line. He is a stout run defender that succeeds with power and strength. His athleticism and limited lateral movement in his passing sets causes him to have some adversity as a pass blocker. His best role may be as a guard rather than center, which is where he started sophomore and junior. 

Ezring: One of the Fighting Irish’s top players, Jarrett Patterson is a high-floor prospect. His advanced technique and baseline athletic traits should make him an immediate low-end starter in a gap scheme with room to grow into a reliable first-string center. That said, his limited power and movement skills simultaneously rely on and undermine his intelligence and refinement.

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Pun: Going into his senior season, Patterson is looking to cement himself as one of the nation’s top centers and he has a solid case. An excellent pass protector who regularly does his job in the run game and is a team captain, Patterson has all the qualities teams want out of their pivot position. He can become a starter throughout his rookie season and has the potential to be a near Pro Bowl-caliber player throughout his career.

Background:

Born September First in Mission Viejo, California, Jarrett Patterson was an extremely accomplished offensive lineman at Mission Viejo High School. During his four-year varsity career, the team went 51-4. In 2015, he helped lead his school to the 2015 California Interscholastic Federation Division 1-AA Championship. In 2016, Patterson was selected to be First Team All-South Coast League, First Team All-Orange County, First Team All-California Interscholastic Federation Division 1 and Second Team Cal-Hi Sports All-State. The then-offensive tackle only improved in 2017. After his senior season, Patterson was named First Team All-South Coast League, First Team All-Orange County, First Team All-California Interscholastic Federation Division 1 and First Team Cal-Hi Sports All-State. What’s more, he was a Los Angeles Times Football All-Star and a member of the USA Today Family Insurance All-USA California Football Team. In recognition of his stellar high school career, 247Sports Composite Rankings listed Patterson as a four-star recruit. The same service ranked him 369th-overall in his class, 25th among offensive tackles and 45th out of recruits in the state of California. A slow starter, Patterson appeared in just three games during his freshman year at Notre Dame. That said, he broke out in 2019. In his sophomore season, the California native started all thirteen games at center. On 854 snaps played, Patterson allowed just two quarterback hits and zero sacks. He was named ECHOES Offensive Newcomer of the Year and received the Joe Moore Award Midseason Honor Roll for an offensive lineman. Further, he was placed on the Rimington Trophy Watch List. Before his 2020 season, Patterson was listed on Phil Steele’s Preseason All-Independent Second Team and Pro Football Focus’s Preseason All-ACC First Team. The talented center started eight games at center in 2020. After the season, he was awarded Phil Steele Honorable Mention All-America. He was also placed on the Outland Trophy Watch List and the Rimington Trophy Watch List. Unfortunately, Patterson’s impressive run at Notre Dame was abruptly halted by a season-ending foot injury in 2020. He did not have the pin removed from his foot until March 2021 and has missed the Fighting Irish’s 2021 spring practices. 


One-Liners

Lamattina: Patterson is an impact run blocker with sub-par athleticism and movement ability that limits his ability as a pass blocker.

Ezring: A high-floor, low-ceiling prospect, Jarrett Patterson’s advanced technique and intelligence only partially compensate for his underwhelming athletic profile. 

Pun: Borderline elite pass protector and functional run blocker in all schemes who really excels at climbing to the 2nd level but can struggle versus defensive tackles with quick get-off.

Grades

Current Player Value/Potential Player Value

Lamattina: 7.5 / 8.0

Ezring: 7.8 / 8.2

Pun: 7.8 / 8.8


#55
Pos: OC
Ht: 6044
Wt: 305
DOB: 9/1/_
Eligible: 2022
Laguna Hills, CA
Mission Viejo High School

Jarrett Patterson
Notre Dame Fighting Irish


Pros:

Lamattina: Patterson’s frame is built very well to withstand contact and show that his strength is very much up to standard to play at the next level. Very sufficient moving to the second level and understanding his blocking assignments as he moves into open space. Strong anchor that gives him the platform to succeed on passing downs. Can take contact and redirect his opponent to clear space. Maintains balance well in passing sets to hold his ground. Classic people-mover in the run game. Plays with active hands to constantly adjust against counter moves as a pass blocker. Even though he is on the low-end of relative athleticism, Patterson showed that he can swing out wide from the center position to make blocks in the B and C gaps.

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