Originally posted by HearstFan:
Yeah - In my opinion of a true number one is a player that dominates even when schemed against - Fitz, Megatron, Vincent Jackson, Brandon Moore. Not just a small speedster that makes a few big plays. Typically it's a big body receiver that can body out defenders and make tough catches, but also has the speed to be a deep threat. Boldin is a #1 but clearly on the downside of his career so doubt he will be with us next year, so not really a deep threat. Baldwin has all the physical attributes, but not the skill.
Yet Steve Smith, Reggie Wayne, these are also #1 WR's. I don't think anyone ever questioned that Marvin Harrison was a #1 WR , or that Isaac Bruce was a #1 and neither of those guys were monsters physically.
Basically what you're claiming is that a #1 WR has to be about 6'4" and physically dominant and that's just pure nonsense. There's plenty of top WR's who don't fit that model and still are tremendous players in their own right. The most important factor, beyond all is skill, you can have someone that's big, fast and utterly useless. A smaller guy with a ton of skill can be almost unstoppable.
I've believed since the beginning that Patton can be an NFL #1 WR, that he has that potential, and I still do.