Posted: 6:00 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2013
By Trevor Woods
Last October I was in the bar at T.G.I. Fridays, and there was a football game airing. The game was Louisiana Tech against Texas A&M;, and it had the feel of an Arena Football League game with the amount of scoring that was going on. That's when I first started to keep my eye on this receiver from Tech: Quinton Patton. This Patton kid was catching absolutely everything and he couldn't be stopped. By the end of the game, the score was 59-57 Texas A&M;, and Patton had 21 receptions for 233 yards and four touchdowns. Those are video-game numbers, and were very impressive against a good Texas A&M; team.
This season, Patton will at the very least to push all the other receivers to get better, because not all jobs are secure. Mario Manningham, Kyle Williams, Ricardo Lockette and Chad Hall will try their best to fend off Patton to ensure that they won't get the boot. In my estimation, the only locks at the moment are Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and A.J. Jenkins; The other roster spots are up in the air. With some stellar abilities, Patton could turn out to be a steal as a fourth round selection.
Weight: 204 lbs
40-Yard Dash: 4.53
Bench Reps: 8
Patton doesn't have a whole lot of negatives to his game that stick out; The positives do, however:
New #49ers receiver Quinton Patton received a $350 gift card to Best Buy as a bowl gift last year. He donated it to a Make-A-Wish child.— Anthony Ly (@AnthonyLy49) April 29, 2013
WR Quinton Patton mistakenly flew out to SF early, eager to start with the #49ers. He had to turn around & fly back per NFL rules.— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) May 2, 2013
Harbaugh on Patton: "The fact that he would buy his ticket, fly out here, just speaks volumes about him."— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) May 2, 2013
- CBSSports.com writer Rob Rang had this to say about Patton's strengths:
" 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."
- Check out all of Patton's stats at cfbstats.com
Patton is far from a finished product, but his future could be bright. He has a chance to see a good amount of time on the field this season, but that will ultimately be up to him. The 49ers have some receivers that can become big time contributors, but the bottom line is that somebody will have to step up and take reigns of the opportunity. Will that be Patton?