Maybe Quinton Patton isn’t totally an under-the-radar player, but he was drafted in the fourth round behind 14 other receivers. Patton’s talents clearly went unnoticed by the NFL’s talent evaluators to the extent that Ace Sanders and Chris Harper were off the board before his name was called.
Oddly enough, Patton was 20 minutes away from not being able to participate in the rookie minicamp because he hopped a plane to the Bay Area, rented a car and headed for the 49ers’ headquarters. NFL teams have 24 hours to bring draft picks to the facility; after that they have to wait for rookie minicamp.
Patton has already made an impression on his head coach, but can further his case for significant playing time with an impressive minicamp. Patton’s eagerness to work hard is what will set him apart from most rookies, but it would be a mistake to overlook his on-field ability.
On Patton's route-running skills, Bleacher Report's Sigmund Bloom writes: "Patton creates a lot of separation with sudden breaks and throttle-downs in his routes. He understands how to turn a cushion into room to operate and how to get free of tight coverage close to the line of scrimmage."
Patton has been praised for his route-running skills, and rookie defensive backs aren’t going to be able to stick with him. Patton could potentially have a very productive rookie minicamp and force his way on to the field as a slot receiver in San Francisco as a rookie.