POSITIVES: Explosive interior lineman limited only by a lack of height. Gets off the snap with a great first step, plays with leverage and outstanding balance. Immediately changes direction, rarely off his feet and makes plays laterally, displaying good range. Consistently doubled in the middle of the line yet stout and holds the point. Possesses a burst of closing speed, flashes on the scene and very sudden. Excellent hand technician who displays an array of moves to stay off blocks. Tenacious and goes hard until the whistle blows.BTW, it's funny you should mention the Eagles front because I looked at them the other day and noticed the exact same thing. I think you can forget about the Vikings, I believe the Eagles have the most talented 4 man line in the league.
NEGATIVES: Has difficulty pitted against large blockers and swallowed up by opposing linemen.
ANALYSIS: A forceful defender who controls the line of scrimmage and disrupts the offense, Patterson offers an array of skills that project well to the next level. Comes off a terrific Senior Bowl in which he was unblockable most of the week and is rising up draft boards. Measurables will keep him out of the top 40 yet a prospect who will quickly earn playing time as a rookie in the NFL and go on to have a long and productive career.
As for Haslett and his love of size, you're on to something. He did make everyone bulk up and our current nose tackle candidates (Kemo, Bryant, and Green) are all over 360 pounds I think. That's too damn big though unless he wants to keep 8 or 9 linemen. I think it's better to have a nose that can run these days, even Terrence Cody looked great moving around in the preseason as big as he is. Let's hope Haslett doesn't view Paea's weight as an issue. If he looks good against the run then that really should be the end of it IMO.