NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Quinton Patton, WR Louisiana Tech

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Louisiana Tech WR Quinton Patton
Louisiana Tech WR Quinton Patton

Green Bay Packers NFL Draft prospect profile: WR Quinton Patton

Player Information:

Quinton Patton, WR Louisiana Tech
6-0, 204 pounds
Hometown: La Vergne, TN

STATS

NFL Combine:

4o-yard dash: 4.53
10-yard split: 1.56
Vertical: 33″
Broad jump: 9′ 10″

News and Notes:

Patton played two seasons at Louisiana Tech after beginning his college career at Coffeyville Community College in southeastern Kansas … Mississippi State CB Johnthan Banks, a potential first-round pick this year, called Patton the best WR he’s played against: “I feel like (Quinton Patton) from Louisiana Tech is the best receiver I’ve played against since I’ve been here. I’ve gone against some good ones in the SEC, too, but he’s probably the most complete.” … Caught 21 passes for 233 yards and four touchdowns against Texas A&M in 2012 … Was named All-Western Athletic Conference First Team in both 2011 and 2012 … In the Poinsettia Bowl, players were given $300 Best Buy gift cards, but Patton gave his to kids participating in the Make-A-Wish Foundation … During his time at Coffeyville CC, Patton served as the punter and averaged 39.8 yards per attempt … Packers met with Patton Jan. 25 at the Senior Bowl.

 What they’re saying about him: 

  • NFL.com: “Used on quick throws to take advantage of his shiftiness and surprisingly tough running, lowers his shoulder and is not easy for smaller cornerbacks to drag down after the catch … Shows fight as a run blocker, willing to hit multiple punches to keep his man at bay and works himself into the correct blocking angle. Hustles downfield to help out fellow ballcarriers. Plays with a feisty attitude.”
  • CBSSports.com: “Possesses an athletic build with long arms. Quick accelerator who gobbles up the cushion. Shows good quickness, strength and competitiveness versus press coverage. Sets up the defender with a variety of releases, alternating his gait to keep his opponent off-balance. Consistently catches the ball with his hands, away from his body.”

Video:


Video Analysis:

  • Willing blocker that plays until the whistle whether he has the ball or not.
  • Crafty after the catch.
  • Accelerates quickly with the ball in his hands.
  • Does a good job of selling his route on double-moves.
  • Separates from press coverage, typically with a quick stutter-step off the line of scrimmage.
  • He’s a natural near the sideline, aware of the boundary and sure to keep his feet in bounds.
  • Patton has some Greg Jennings in his game, specifically in regards to his run-after-the-catch ability and precise route running.
  • Always seems to catch the ball with his hands, never lets it get to his body.
  • With James Jones’ contract set to expire after the 2013 season and Jordy Nelson’s after 2014, the Packers could certainly be in the market for a wide receiver early in the draft. However, Patton looks like a guy that will come off the board in the bottom of round one or the early stages of round two, which would likely require the Packers to trade one way or another.

If drafted by the Packers:

As a rookie, Patton probably wouldn’t play a significant role in the offense barring an injury to Jordy Nelson, James Jones or Randall Cobb. But given the uncertainty surrounding Jones and Nelson beyond the 2014 season, Patton could develop into a key piece of the Packers’ future on offense. The Packers value wide receivers who run crisp routes and have an ability to create yards after the catch–Patton does both. While not the biggest (6-0) or the fastest (4.53) receiver in the draft, Patton does everything the Packers want their receivers to do. This is a talented class of wide receivers, but I made the claim via Twitter that I think Patton will ultimately be the best receiver out of the 2013 draft. Maybe not as a rookie, but a few years down the road, I really think Patton could develop into a Pro Bowl player. Tennessee’s Cordarrelle Patterson will likely be the first receiver off the board, but don’t overlook Patton. He’ll be a good one.

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  • Cole

    His qb is shitty, hard to tell what his ceiling is.

  • Razer

    I like this guy. We have at least two needs in front of him. If he was around in the 3rd and we could trade up to get him, it would be awesome

  • Stroh

    I like Patton but like Keenan Allen more. I don’t think the Packers draft a WR early. Maybe later… Other positions should take priority IMO.

  • ThomasMagnumPI

    Maybe TT will do us all a favor and just re-sign Jennings at a reasonable salary:

    “He [Jennings] recently told Bills WR Stevie Johnson that he ‘wants to be in warm weather or stay in Green Bay.'” From Rotoworld via NFL.com.

  • Lars1

    Do us a favor and re-sign Jennings? (above) Not doing me any favors. Jennings is in rapid decline—injured a lot and his YPC average is down to 10.2 (TE territory.

    On Patton—I like him. Reminds me of a combo of James Jones and Jennings (in his prime. Looks like a Packer receiver already.

  • Ryan

    I’d rather another tight end if we were looking at receivers in the middle rounds. Regardless of what Finley does.

  • GBPDAN

    Forget the WRs , TEs, DBs…this team needs to build up the trenches and get way more physical. Draft some mean ass studs for the oline and D front with the first 3 RDs. The rest will fall into place. I do agree that a quality RB is also a must.