Had to make a thread about this guy, will be updating this regularly over the next few months. As much as I was on the Fleener bandwagon last year, I'm far far more so with Patton. Totally amazed by this guy, think he's going to end up being a very outstanding NFL receiver and will end up as the best overall WR coming out of this draft after all is said and done. He's got amazing tools, top notch work ethic, total team player, ability to get separation, plays with intelligence and can make some big flashy catches aa Brandon Lloyd. He doesn't have elite top-end speed and hopefully that drops him far enough for the 49ers to have a shot at him. He's got everything you could possibly want in a WR and has true #1 WR potential. He loves to play physical, is not only a willing run-blocker but an enthusiastic run blocker, loves contact, has great yards after the catch ability, can be absolutely lethal on slants. Just a tremendous, tremendous prospect. I don't think this guy can just be a good NFL receiver, from everything I've seen, I believe this guy could end up as a truly elite NFL receiver, Top 5 potential.
One of the most well-rounded players at his position, Patton brings a special combination of on-field skill mixed with a strong off-field work ethic. This hardworking attitude is evidenced by his steady progression from a middle-of-the-road high school recruit to a possible early-round NFL draft pick.After two stellar seasons at the junior college level, Patton chose to attend Louisiana Tech over offers from a number of other FBS schools. You can bet there is a long list of coaches kicking themselves for missing out on this guy now. Measuring in at 6'2" and 195 pounds, this Tennessee native not only possesses great hands and shifty footwork, he also regularly lays down blocks that any hard-hitting fullback would be proud of.The energy that Patton brings to the field in undeniable. Even with his solid measurables, his best football quality may in fact be something as simple the attitude with which he approaches the game. The man simply never seems to take a play off. Even on hand-offs that are headed to the opposite side of the field, you always seem to be able to find the Bulldog's number four somewhere in the mix.An offensive coach looking for a no-nonsense, high energy receiver should pay close attention to this Louisiana Tech standout. He is a unique player who brings a real passion for the game with him every time he walks out of the tunnel. It has been a long road for the young man, but I think it is safe to say that Quinton Patton is finally NFL-ready.
Here's a scouting profile on him.
Grade 73.8 ?
6'2" Height195LBS. Weight Overview Louisiana Tech surprised many across the country in 2011, winning seven straight games in October and November and the Western Athletic Conference title – the first time they wore that crown since 2001. The Bulldogs lost a close 31-24 game to TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl, but during broadcast, it came to light that Patton and teammate Adrien Cole gave up the $300 Best Buy certificates awarded to them in their bowl swag to kids participating in the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Add that sort of character to his talent makes scouts very intrigued with his potential as an NFL playmaker and locker room presence.
Patton won first-team all-conference accolades in his first year in Ruston (which is located in north central Louisiana) after catching 79 passes for 1,202 yards and 11 scores. His efforts against San Jose State (five catches, 116 yards, one touchdown) and Nevada (7-162, TD) were instrumental in the Bulldogs' winning their league championship. It was no surprise Patton contributed right away, as several FBS programs had interest in his services coming out of Coffeyville Community College. Not only was he an all-conference receiver as a redshirt sophomore there in 2010 (687 receiving yards, four TD), but he also received honors as a punter (39.8 yards per attempt).
Analysis Strengths Good size for the position, has the height and length to play outside at the next level. Very good quickness off the line, gets to speed in a couple of steps and can shimmy to free himself and stick his foot in the ground to get inside position on slants. Uses a head fake to get the seam and possesses enough straight-line speed to take advantage of hesitating cornerbacks in off coverage. Stems to separate with good foot quickness on comebacks and out routes, also extends his arm to create space on short and deep routes. Catches the ball with his hands away from his body, even when tracking passes over either shoulder. Wins jump balls in the end zone and over the middle with good vertical and great concentration. Good sideline awareness to get two feet in-bounds while making the catch. Used on quick throws to take advantage of his shiftiness and surprisingly tough running, lowers his shoulder and is not easy for smaller cornerbacks to drag down after the catch. Sells routes where he knows he's not the primary target to free up the underneath or cross-field receiver. Shows fight as a run blocker, willing to hit multiple punches to keep his man at bay and works himself into the correct blocking angle. Hustles downfield to help out fellow ballcarriers. Plays with a feisty attitude.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Dec 17, 2012 at 23:13:33 ]