Originally posted by SF69ers:
There is no doubt in my mind that this guy would be a top 20 pick had he not gotten kicked out of Tennessee for the failed drug test. Playing at Tennessee Tech was a wake-up call for him. He reminds me of a faster Boldin. Having him coached by our team, surrounded by level-headed vets, could make him a star. Vernon and Anquan could mentor him.
Yup. He would have been the 1st receiver picked. All the physical tools that Patterson has and is much more polished. I scratch my head every time I see someone projecting him as a 3rd round pick. Character flaws will only cause a guy to fall so far.
When I see this guy play, he reminds me so much of TO. He's so physical against defenders and he has that rare size/speed combination too.
Despite all the character flaws, nobody can tell me they wouldn't draft a young TO again. The guy was unstoppable on the field and his off-the-field antics only became a real problem when the team around him started to fall apart. But we got a lot of great years from him before that happened.
[ Edited by blm7754 on Apr 17, 2013 at 10:31 AM ]