The 62% came from PFF and another site that crunches numbers, which has been passed around an inferior site. That stat has more credibility than the NCAA's inflated stat.
Considerably better? No. He improved, but nowhere near enough to be a Top 10 WR. He struggled with routes, physical DBs, creating separation and hauling in passes away from his body all year long.
Yeah, and he supposedly ran a 4.2 at the pre-combine workouts. He ran a 4.4 officially.
I think this will be a nice official close to this debate here.
I find that funny, considering this is the first time his catching skills are being brought into question and the official stats and the recorded stats if you actually watch game film is that the 4.2% drop rate is fairly accurate and not some absurd 34%.
One of his strength's coming into Tennessee was catching and concentration. You can look that up, so I find it absurd that he's gone from having catching as a strength to a major weakness when all the stats and game film prove otherwise. He had one major Lapse during the season that would've resulted in a Touchdown and a couple of other easy drops. I think he had 2 or 3 drops during the season. Which is amazing with Bray throwing 50 MPH wounded ducks to him. The body catching wasn't that prevalent in the 10 games I watched. "(Catching the ball away from the body and defender and then bringing into the chest is not a body catch.) Letting the ball hit the chest or stomach area first then wrapping your arms around the ball is a body catch." Not saying he didn't make body catches because he did, but so do most WR's on jump balls or correctly thrown slants and so forth.
The rest of the garbage that PFF is using as attempts wouldn't count for an attempt even in a fantasy world of Patterson hate.
Here's another case of misinformation for you..
Everyone said he had multiple drops in his pro day.......He had one drop during all of the drills where he got the most attention and pretty much every team had him running and catching. This was later reported by NFL.com that he only had one drop to discredit the misinformation coming out about Patterson.
Check some Smith highlights out while were talking about body catches, dude made a name of himself for the huge jump balls that he caught in the pit of his stomach. Could be why as he's got a high drop rate...oh wait he doesn't...
If you don't consider how Smitty catches jump balls and 7 routes body catches then Patterson doesn't have an issue with body catching either. (Not dissing smitty here, he's my favorite player on the team)
Pay attention to the jump ball against the Saints early in the video, clear body catch. Amazing catch as well and it's ridiculous that he got high enough in the air to make the catch the way he did.