Originally posted by sacniner:
So, you can't say anything about any of the prospects unless you watched them play in several of their games? I'm sorry bro, but that is absolute BS. The reason being, the overwhelming majority of us don't have the time nor resources to watch teams like Rice or La Tech. We all speculate based on what we read from the "experts" and relatively short videos we see on youtube, tv, etc. when dealing with these smaller colleges. Unlike others, I began my statement with a disclaimer (I am not an expert, and this is an internet forum). I didn't know that you would take my Louisiana Tech scouting so seriously
The point is, if you're starting off your comment with "dude, I've like never heard of this guy in my entire life"....its basically a waste to comment on him. Its like all the people who went buckwild in the Aldon Smith thread, freaking out because they hadn't seen him play and because he had his "hands on his hips" far too often. If I'm at a point where I have to resort to Youtube video's to define someone, I'll just say..."well, I guess Baalke knows what he's doing."
As far as Patton goes, this is someone I've watched over the past 2 years, he literally carried the entire offense at Louisiana Tech. He has outstanding quickness and while he doesn't have deep threat speed, he runs his routes so smooth and seamlessly that he simply doesn't slow down when making cuts, he'll be able to utilize his same quickness and superior route running skills to create separation at the next level. He's got hands like glue, had the lowest drop rate of any WR in the entire draft. Just 3 drops in 150+ targets, in addition he was one of the top run-blocking WR's in the draft, highly intelligent and with tremendous character and work ethic.
I don't know if he's going to be a great player or not, I hope he is, and he certainly has the potential to be one, and a true #1 WR at the NFL level, but that's basically up to him. The key about Patton is that he couldn't possibly fit this team's identity and mentality any more perfectly.
What bugs me is the Youtube Rangers who jump on him because he doesn't have 4.3 speed, or because he isn't 6'5"......he's a damn good receiver, with strong fundamentals and will at worst be a solid #2 WR in the NFL IMO.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Apr 29, 2013 at 2:14 PM ]