Quinton Patton WR Louisiana Tech #4
Size/Athleticism: Average height and overall build. Decent straight-line speed, but not a very explosive player. A very average all-around athlete for a receiver. He isn’t exceptionally quick in his breaks and doesn’t have the change-of-direction ability to be dangerous after the catch. Gives a solid effort as a blocker.
Separation Skills: Somewhat slow getting off the line of scrimmage. Experienced running a variety of routes, but not quick enough in his breaks. He just does’t seem to have the quick feet to make the sudden moves necessary to shake more athletic corners at the next level. Used on a lot of screens at Louisiana Tech, but he lacks the speed to be consistently effective in that role at the next level. Not a very physical receiver. He should have an easier time with smaller corners than he does (see 2012 Utah State game when matched up with 5’10″ Nevin Lawson).
Ball Skills: Good hands, but need to be more consistent attacking the ball. Has a tendency to let the ball come to him and he misses some opportunities when he should be more assertive and go up and get the ball. When he is more assertive, especially in jump ball situations, he consistently comes down with the ball. Does an exceptional job adjusting to the poorly thrown ball. Has a knack for putting himself in position to come down with the difficult catch.
Intangibles: Coaches speak very highly of his work ethic and character off the field. Transferred from Coffeyville Community College in 2011. Limited experience against top competition.
Durability: Suffered an ankle injury in 2011 but did not miss any time.
Comments: Patton has the skills to be a quality second option in an NFL offense. He doesn’t stand out in any one area and he lacks the basic measurables to ever be an elite receiver, but he is solid in just about every aspect of the game. I would like to see him develop into more of a physical receiver at the next level to make up for his limited speed. He lacks the athleticism to consistently lose defensive backs, so he’ll need to make his living coming down with contested catches. He’ll need to improve his ability to use his body to shield defenders and be more aggressive when going for the catch. He can’t afford to let the ball come to him in the NFL, because he won’t be able to create the separation necessary to have the extended time to secure the football that he often had in Louisiana Tech’s spread offense.