Originally posted by KID9R:
I don't have a dog in this fight because they'll both be gone and I don't think we'll move up for a WR, but last year
Patterson had only 46 catches because Tenn has a another potential 1st round WR on the team in Hunter.
But still his YPC was 16.91 and his TD per catch was 0.109
Austin's YPC was 11.31 and his TD per catch was 0.105
Austin's career YPC is 11.84. He also had a top 10 QB throwing to him.
Patterson could end up being a very good receiver, but it is difficult to judge when he only has one year experience.
If you look at post #14, a good share of his receptions (14) and yards (310) came against lesser opponents.
The apparent discrepancy between those numbers and his numbers against better opponents diminish or devalue his averages precisely because he does not have solid body of work to evaluate.
Austin does have a solid body of work, and his versatility beyond the passing game is evident on the tape and in the numbers.
I have a dog in this fight mainly because of the excessive and inane midget comments.
Secondarily, I really think that in this draft, Austin is the exceptional offensive weapon available.
It is the size of the fight in the dog, nor the size of the dog that counts.