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. 
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