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Quinton Patton #4 - 6’ 200 lbs. - Louisiana Tech - Speed 4.50 - Hindu Theory: Marvin Harrison
Fast athletic senior has been one of the premier receivers in the nation in the wide open Tech offense. Quinton had an unheralded playing career that includes a two time WAC first team performer after an acclaimed JC career at Coffeyville CC. As a receiver, he is highly developed and graded out well vs top cover men including a few SEC defenders. He is a fine athlete with the burst of speed to be a difference maker especially in the intermediate zones. With further refinement in key areas especially his overall strength, he has a chance to challenge for an early starting job in his pro career. He has shown a fine skill set with good AA, instincts for the position with excellent route running and defense recognition development. He separates very well in coverage to get open consistently with the ability to run crisp disciplined routes. He has very reliable hands to be a dependable target with a big receiving radius and able to make the difficult catch. His ability to get deep and run after the catch ability has earned him high grades showing the overall talent to be a #1 NFL receiver. He is very developed in key areas like route running and adjusting on the move while reading coverage. He comes back to the ball very well that helps his QB when under duress. He has good size and the leaping ability to work the sidelines and underneath routes with the savvy to find openings and sit in holes. He shows the potential to be a pro playmaker with developed skills of hands, route running and reading coverage. He must improve his overall strength to take the pounding as a pro when going over the middle. He has a lean frame that needs to fill out, though he has proven he can stay on his routes and take a hit and make the tough catch.
The Numbers: As a senior, he started all 12 games and caught 104 passes for 1392 yards for a 13.4 yard average and 13 TDs earning WAC first team honors. As a junior, he caught 74 passes for 1135 yards for a 15.3 yard average and 10 TDs and WAC honors. Over his earlier two year JC career, he had 73 catches for 996 yards and 7 TDs in 19 games, in addition to punting for a 39 yard average. At the NFL Combine, he ran two 4.53 times with a 1.58 ten yard split time and added 8 reps in the lifting. He added a 33” VL and 9’10” BJ with very good agility drills. He had a 4.01 short shuttle and a 6.91 three-cone times with good positional drills.
The Skinny: This highly developed receiver is one of the unheralded players in this draft class. He has big play talent with the natural skills. He displays playmaking ability to catch the deep ball with the vertical speed to stretch a defense. He is dangerous in the open field and has definite upside potential in the mold of Marvin Harrison in body type, size, speed, AA and LOD. Over his career, he made fine improvement and showed intriguing upside potential as an NFL receiver. His playmaking ability will warrant a high draft selection and probably a top 60 pick. He can win a role in three and four WR sets immediately if not a rookie starting job. Fast receiver with definite upside and the potential to be an NFL star with natural abilities. He has the talent to be an impact player with speed and refined receiving skills. Clubs like the Texans, Redskins and Dolphins interested.

Draft Projection: 2nd Round