Summary: Patton has been one of the most consistent receivers in college football over the past couple of years. Patton landed at Louisiana Tech after two seasons at Coffeyville Community College. In his debut season, Patton had 79 receptions for 1,202 yards and 11 touchdowns. Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks, a potential first-round pick, said that Patton was the best receiver he played that year.
Patton was even better as a senior. He totaled 104 receptions for 1,392 yards and 13 touchdowns. He had a great game against Illinois cornerback Terry Hawthorne, catching six receptions for 164 yards and two touchdowns. He was tremendous against Texas A&M as well, logging 21 receptions for 233 yards and four touchdowns. He also did well against Utah State with 11 catches for 181 yards.
Patton was impressive at the Senior Bowl. He battled against the defensive backs all week and made a lot of excellent contested catches. Patton was beating corners with shear desire to make the catch. Patton ran good routes and showed off superb hands.
WalterFootball.com spoke with some scouts about Patton. They said that he definitely beats cornerbacks by out competing them for contested catches, but that was at the college level. They are concerned that in the NFL all the desire and want to can't overcome bigger cornerbacks who can just slap the ball away. They also don't feel that Patton is fast enough to stretch the field vertically or consistently beat corners with speed to get separation. They felt he would be similar to Seahawk receiver Golden Tate.
Patton would be best as a contributing NFL receiver but is clearly not a No. 1 wideout. Patton could rotate in as a No. 2 and play slot receiver. He would be better off getting matched up against smaller slot corners. That would allow Patton to do what he does best and make catches over defensive backs. Patton looks likely to be a second- or third-round pick.
Player Comparison: Golden Tate. There are a lot of similarities between Patton and Tate. Both receivers lack elite speed or size, but are great competitors who fight for every reception. Tate has improved in his three seasons in Seattle and is a contributor as a second or third wideout. Patton could have a similar career path. Tate was a second-round pick 2010 and Patton could go on Day 2 this April.
NFL Matches: Buffalo, New York Jets, Miami, Minnesota, New England, Green Bay, San Francisco
There are a lot of teams that could consider Patton on the second day of the draft. Buffalo needs a complement to Stevie Johnson. The Jets could use more talent at receiver. Plus, Santonio Holmes could flame out at any time.
Miami enters the offseason with the worst receiving corps in the NFL. They may use multiple picks on receivers and Patton could be a nice receiver for Ryan Tannehill.
Minnesota badly needs receiving help for Christian Ponder. If the Vikings get rid of Percy Harvin, a receiver would be an even bigger lead.
The Patriots have an aging receiving corps and Patton would be a good understudy to Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd.
The Packers are likely to loose Greg Jennings this offseason and Patton would fit the Green Bay offense well.
The 49ers could use some receiving depth. Patton's gritty style fits their approach.
@Black&Gold Problem is that you see Eli and Cobi as solid backups. Truth is that Eli is number 2 and Cobi is our number 3. They aren't backups, but starters. So what you're saying is that we have no true number 2, but see no need in drafting a receiver? What D line depth are you thinking? DE or NT? Have you seen what LT Walton has done? Remember he's only in his second year.
@Steelr Fan 3:16 Coates was supposed to be plan B at number 2 with the uncertainty of Bryant. You make the case that he's a one trick pony and not a 50 catch per season wide-out, so does that scream out as a option for number 2? What gives you hope about Green? I hope he does end up staying on the field, but so far in his career he hasn't be able to do that. I like James, but if he goes down you trust Grimble? He can't block, and hasn't been reliable in the pass game. He did mess his ribs up with a nice touchdown reception a few weeks ago. That still doesn't mean he can pick up and be an impact if James would not be able to go. We have 7 picks in this draft. The first I hope goes OLB. We are good at CB with Burnes and @[email protected] will be challenged hopefully by Golson. Loser of the battle would be a good slot corner. Golson lacks length so they may throw him in the slot role anyways. LT Walton has been more than solid at DE. If Heyward or Tuitt can't go a few weeks during the season then I have faith in LT to get the job done. I like Chickillo and Moates at OLB. They have started and played solid. Williams and Dirty Red at backup ILB is good depth that any team would love. Safety we have Golden and Dangerfield. Both have started any didn't miss a beat. Offensive line? Yeah, we're good there. You say we're good at tight end and WR, so with or final 6 picks we're going what exactly? A RB would be nice with Williams age. A backup that won't see the field unless God forbid Bell gets hurt is a wasted pick anywhere in the top 4 rounds. Maybe 5th would be suffice. That's 2 picks gone and 5 to go. A backup QB of the future would be nice. Four to go. A special teamed lol? Warren, Boswell, and Berry are really good.