Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/8/13
Quinton Patton, wide receiver out of Louisiana Tech, won't wow you with his numbers; he ran a 4.53 at the Combine. But his two seasons at LA Tech should be an indication of what he will do in the NFL.As a junior, he caught 11 touchdowns plus 1,202 yards receiving; as a senior, Patton increased his production to 1,392 yards and 13 touchdowns. The sky is the limit for this talented wideout.His 6', 204-pound frame is good for the position, but it is his attitude that beats opponents.Quinton Patton has good hands no matter where the ball is thrown, and beats most coverages, often gaining a step when it counts the most. He has a knack for bouncing off first contact and getting extra yards after the catch. He doesn't have pure breakaway speed, though he moves faster and jukes defenders in the open field.There is a lot of good talent in this WR draft class, but Patton belongs in the top 10 for sure.The only weakness I saw on video was not getting both feet down in bounds on tough catches. Patton may need to work a little on his blocking, specifically locking up the corner and driving him out of the play. Those skills will come in time; but he does everything else so well.It looks like he will be a day two pick at this point, but aside from the speed factor, he plays a lot like Tavon Austin. Quite a few teams will be looking for receivers like him and Stedman Bailey in rounds two and three. Look for the Patriots, Jets, Dolphins, Browns, and Cardinals (among others) to target one of these guys. A lot of teams will be plucking these mid-round receivers (also think Hunter, Hopkins, Williams, etc) and there will probably be a run on them early on day two.I could compare Quinton to a few current players, but picture Donte Stallworth or Percy Harvin. Patton will be a No. 1 receiver somewhere soon.
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