Louisiana Tech wide receiver Quinton Patton (6’0”, 204 pounds) was the No. 1 receiver on college football’s highest-scoring offense (51.5 points per game) in 2012. He led his team in scrimmage yards (1,387) and was second in touchdowns (13).
With double-digit TDs in each of the last two seasons, the redshirt senior was projected to come off the board sometime before the third round entering the NFL draft. Before he suits up with his new team, here’s a quick rundown of the 22-year-old wideout.
Full Name: Quinton Arne Patton
Birthday: Aug. 9, 1990
Hometown: La Vergne, Tennessee
High School: La Vergne High School
Year: Redshirt Senior
From La Vergne High School in Tennessee, Quinton Patton attended Coffeyville Community College (Kansas) and transferred to Louisiana Tech after his sophomore year.
He redshirted in Coffeyville in 2008.
2011: 13 games, 79 receptions, 1,202 yards, 11 TD
2012: 12 games, 104 receptions, 1,392 yards, 13 TD
After redshirting with Coffeyville Community College and compiling 73 catches for 996 yards and seven touchdowns in 19 games over two seasons, Quinton Patton matriculated to Louisiana Tech University.
He quickly thrived at the next level, totaling 183 grabs for 2,594 yards and 24 touchdowns in two seasons. He topped 100 receiving yards in 11 games at Louisiana Tech, and 200 yards twice.
Patton’s most productive outing was an outburst vs. Texas A&M in which he amassed 21 receptions for 233 yards and four touchdowns as a senior. The Bulldogs put up 57 points, but the Aggies dropped 59.
Weight: 204 pounds
Arm Length: 32.875”
Hand Size: 9.375”
40-yard dash: 4.53
Bench reps: 8
Broad jump: 118”
Vertical jump: 33”
Pro Day Results
40-yard dash: 4.48
Broad jump: 114”
Vertical jump: 37”
Quinton Patton’s 4.01-second 20-yard shuttle tied for second place among wide receivers at the 2013 NFL combine, tying West Virginia speed demon Tavon Austin.
Patton and Cordarrelle Patterson (WR Tennessee)
Quinton Patton mostly played on the outside at Louisiana Tech, but was a slot guy at Coffeyville Community College. Anticipating playing outside in the NFL, beating press coverage is the aspect of his game he most wants to improve.
Patton was named first-team all-conference in each of his two seasons with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. After being named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List (for the nation’s top wide receiver), Patton finished as one of 10 semifinalists for the award in 2012. USC sophomore Marqise Lee took home the award.
In 2011, Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks told Chris Low of ESPN.com that Quinton Patton was the best receiver he had faced: “I feel like [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.”
That’s coming from a guy who plays in college football’s most dominant conference and is a potential first- or second-round pick.
Patton caught 11 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown in that game.
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