Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/16/13
In 1985, four wide receivers were taken in the first round of the NFL Draft. While no one could have known that some guy named Jerry Rice would turn out to be the greatest receiver in NFL history, the class of pass catchers turned out to be “average” at best. Al Toon, Eddie Brown and Jessie Hester did nothing to distinguish themselves as great players.Fast forward 28 years later. There are potentially five receivers who could hear their name called in the later part of the first round, early part of the second round of the 2013 Draft next week and the same question about who will separate themselves as an elite receiver can be asked again.Like many other sports writers, I cannot tell you who will be the best of this “average” lot.Based on the fact the list which includes names like Tennessee tandem Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson, Tavon Austin of West Virginia and Keenan Allen of California, could someone with not as much fanfare like Rice did not have coming out of a small college, steal the show and become the best receiver of this bunch five seasons from now?How about Quinton Patton of Louisiana Tech? It’s as good a guess as any. But there may be some truth to this prediction.The senior form LaVergne, TN has the size NFL scouts can work with at 6’ and 208 pounds. He has speed to burn, running a 4.48 40-yard dash. I also suspect someone like Patton will be a second round pick, possibly to a team like Dallas or Denver or could land on a team like New England, Pittsburgh or San Diego that could use another set of hands as a possession receiver.In other words no matter where he is drafted, Patton should be able to make a splash.In a review is his play and draft workouts, cbssportsline.com said Patton, “Possesses an athletic build with long arms. He has quick accelerator who gobbles up the cushion. Patton shows good quickness, strength and competitiveness versus press coverage.”Those are pretty good characteristics for a player many of football fans do not know a lot about. As time goes on, people will know all they will need to know about a player who could be the best of a good receiving corps, just not the group set to distinguish itself as the best group ever drafted.Even so, Patton figures to be in the fix to hear his name be one of the first called. This could be the name we all remember once the 2013 Draft is complete. He won’t be the quickest player drafted, but he may be the most sudden, causing a whole bunch of grief for opposing defenses. 
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Oregon headed to first Final Four in 78 years as Jordan Bell & Tyler Dorsey dominate Kansas

This is the Gonzaga we’ve been waiting for

Jets won’t rule out selecting another QB in 2017 NFL Draft

Rougned Odor threw a cup of water into Felix Hernandez’s face on the field

Michael Irvin rips Texans for not trading for Tony Romo

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Richard Sherman on trade talk: ‘I just laugh it off, man’

Grumpy writer complains about 'SI for Kids' reporter

Report: Archie Miller closing in on seven-year deal to coach Indiana

Alex Rodriguez said he 'made an ass of' himself denying PED allegations

LaVar Ball finally got what he deserved

Adrian Peterson makes statement, says it is ‘not all about the money’

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Box Score 3/24: Waiting on West Virginia

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

With Team USA's victory, World Baseball Classic (finally) lived up to its potential

The NFL distraction playbook

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Lingering issues for each 2016 MLB postseason team

Box Score 3/23: Team USA wins their first WBC title

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

The NFL distraction playbook

With Team USA's victory the WBC (finally) lived up to its potential

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Steph Curry pushes OKC's buttons

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker