Saturday, January 5, 2013

Prospect Profile: WR Quinton Patton - Louisiana Tech

Name:  Quinton Patton
Height:  6' - 2"
Weight:  195 lbs.
Class:  Redshirt Senior
Hometown: LA Vergne, TN
DOB:  08/09/1990 (22 years old)

"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."
~ Mississippi State CB Jonathan Banks,, Oct. 28, 2011

Louisana Tech Bulldogs:

2011 First Team All-WAC
2011 Louisiana Newcomer of the Year
2011 First Team All-Louisiana
2011 Biletnikoff Award Watch List

2012 Senior Year:  2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN SECOND TEAM: WR - Quinton Patton, senior, Louisiana Tech...Patton, a native of La Vergne, Tenn., caught 104 passes for 1,392 yards and 13 touchdowns in 12 games this season. He finished the year averaging 13.4 yards per catch and 116.0 yards per game, ranking fourth in the nation in receiving yards per game and fifth in the nation in receptions per game. Patton was also fifth in the nation in touchdowns scored among wide receivers. - Louisiana Tech football (Courtesy of CBS)

2011 Junior Year: Caught five passes for 95 yards including a 46-yard reception while rushing once for six yards and returning one kickoff for 10 yards in a 19-17 loss at Southern Miss (9/3) in a game played in the middle of Tropical Storm Lee ... Against Central Arkansas (9/10) caught eight passes for 211 yards, the second-most in the country that weekend and tied for the 10th most in a single game in Louisiana Tech history, including a 72-yard touchdown reception while also returning one kickoff 16 yards as Tech won, 48-42, in overtime ... Caught five passes for 82 yards and one touchdown in a 35-34 loss to Houston (9/17) ... Caught a career-high 11 passes for 87 yards and one touchdown and ran the ball twice for seven yards in a 26-20 overtime loss at Mississippi State (9/24) ... Caught eight passes for 126 yards and one touchdown while having another touchdown catch called back because of a holding penalty away from the play against Hawai'i (10/1) ... Caught nine passes for 34 yards and ran the ball once for nine yards at Idaho (10/8) ... Caught four passes for 38 yards and ran the ball twice for one yard at Utah State (10/22) ... Caught five passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns, including a 90-yard touchdown catch which is the fifth-longest play from scrimmage in school history, in a 38-28 win over San Jose State (10/29) ... Caught touchdown passes of 45 yards and 22 yards to open the game and ended the day with six catches for 97 yards and two scores in a 41-21 win at Fresno State (11/5) ... Caught three passes for 33 yards despite facing double-team coverage the entire game and returned three punts a total of 11 yards in a 27-7 win at Ole Miss (11/12) ... Caught seven passes for 162 yards and returned four kickoffs for 72 yards with three rushes for 10 yards combining for 244 total yards at Nevada (11/19), including five catches for 115 yards in the fourth quarter alone as Tech rallied from a 17 point deficit over the final 13 minutes of the game for a 24-20 win to end Nevada's 16-game home winning streak ... Caught three passes for 54 yards against New Mexico State (11/26), including a game-long 42 yard reception, before leaving the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury ... Caught five passes for 67 yards and a touchdown and ran the ball once for nine yards against No. 15 TCU (12/21) in the Poinsettia Bowl but made national news that week for giving one of his bowl gifts ($300 gift card to Best Buy) to one of the kids from the Make-A-Wish Foundation during the team's Make-A-Wish event in San Diego. (Courtesy of CBS)

2010 (Coffeyville CC): Played in all 10 games for Coffeyville CC, garnering first team all-conference honors as a wide receiver and second team all-conference accolades as a punter ... Named team MVP ... Recorded 50 catches for 687 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 13.74 receiving yards per game with a season-best catch of 59 yards ... Punted 54 times with an average of 39.8 yards per punt with six touchbacks, four fair catches and a season-best punt of 75 yards ... Coached by Darian Dulin. (Courtesy of LA Tech Website)

2009: (Coffeyville CC): Played in nine games, recording 23 catches for 309 yards and a 13.4 average with three touchdowns ... Averaged 34.3 yards per game and had a season-best 44-yard catch ... Punted 16 times for 583 yards ... Coached by Darian Dulin.
2008 (Coffeyville CC): Redshirted season. (Courtesy of LA Tech Website)

2012 Senior Highlights:

2011 Junior Year Highlights:

2010 Sophomore Year Highlights:

Strengths (+):
+ Catches with his hands away from his body, not a body catcher
+ Good Size for WR
+ Quickness off the line is good for NFL level
+ Good at using head fakes and other moves on routes to create quick seperation
+ Plays hard with a good motor
+ Fights hard in run blocking down field
+ Good Sideline Awareness

Weaknesses (-):
- Good but not elite straight line speed
- Has to work on strength to beat press coverage more
- Needs to work on coming down with balls he makes adjustments on

NFL Player Comparison: WR Stevie Johnson - Buffalo Bills
Analysis:A first-team All-WAC pick in 2011, Patton accumulated 1,202 yards and 11 touchdowns in his first year with the Bulldogs after transferring from Coffeyville Community College – while also showing NFL teams paying close attention that he possesses the hands, route-running skills, and toughness to be a top 125 pick – and, eventually, a very good starter.

Raiders Outlook:

Raiders could use Patton if available in the 3rd round. They would also have to find a way to cut ties with DHB via a trade. That would allow them to pick up an extra draft pick in later rounds. That way they can focus on giving help to the Defense, O-line and/or possibly a HB. Patton would come in a make an impact with a rotation of Criner, Streater, and Moore as a developing young core of WR's.

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