Apparently, the Seattle Seahawks are extremely interested in Louisiana Tech wide receiver Quinton Patton, who is the second most consistent wide receiver prospect int he 2013 NFL Draft behind California Golden Bears standout Keenan Allen (still my top rated wideout in this draft class). According to Green Bay Packers beat writer Ty Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Seahawks have been interested in Patton since 2011 and are “very interested”.
After the Seahawks traded for Percy Harvin, it seemed like the Seahawks had fully addressed their need for another wide receiver. The Seahawks don’t have any glaring needs in this draft class, so they could definitely draft another receiver. If the Seahawks do draft Patton, then Golden Tate will feel the heat from Patton.
What makes Patton stand out is the fact that he doesn’t really stand out. Patton isn’t elite in any one aspect of the game, with the exception of hands and route-running- two traits that don’t typically stand out. When we think of elite wide receiver prospects in the draft, our minds usually gravitate to playmakers like Tennessee’s Cordarrelle Patterson, and this leads guys like Patton and Allen to fall a little bit due to a lack of perceived hype.
Patton rarely drops a pass, and his route-running was the main reason for his success at Louisiana Tech. He is excellent on intermediate throws, and Patton also has the ability to move the chains on short passes and stretch the field deep. He isn’t great at stretching the field vertically, but he can certainly do it. The Seahawks may not have a need at wide receiver, but they would definitely be justified in drafting Patton if they have indeed followed him closely for so long and love him that much as a prospect.
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