Ellington is faster. Patton is a better route runner, both have top-notch hands, Patton had the fewest drops of any WR in the 2013 draft, Ellington has very reliable hands in his own right. Ellington is more explosive, a better leaper, attacks the ball in the air like a basketball player, which of course he was. Patton tends to be better catching passes in a crowd. Neither guy is afraid to go across the middle.
Both have good lateral movement, short area quickness. Patton was a lot more consistent and productive in college. Ellington split his focus on football and basketball so I think that prevented him from ever reaching his full college football potential.
I see Ellington as more of a slot receiver/deep threat, Patton as more of a possession receiver type who can play in the slot or on the outside.
They both approach the game with the right mindset, hard workers, extremely dedicated, good character guys that drew praise from coaches. I think both of them comprise the future of a 49ers receiving corps along with hopefully....Michael Crabtree.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on May 10, 2014 at 9:54 PM ]