A round earlier, Norman coach Greg Nation had the chore of game-planning for Hatcher.
“The only other receiver that I can remember coaching against that was as good as him was Robert Meachem,” Nation said. “Hatcher reminded me so much of Meachem.”
Meachem, a former Tulsa Washington standout, is in his fifth NFL season after a standout career at Tennessee.
Hatcher credits his development this season to his work ethic.
“Just going to the field, running routes and lifting weights,” Hatcher said. “I'd be at the field during snowstorms, just running and getting faster.”
Having just turned 17 in September, Patterson said there's still plenty of room for improvement with Hatcher.
“Especially with his speed,” Patterson said. “He's going to work hard and keep getting better.”
Patterson says Hatcher is among the best players he's coached during his career, putting the receiver in the league of another former SEC standout: former Arkansas quarterback Quinn Grovey, who came out of Duncan.