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SB Nation has released their latest NFL mock draft, and they have the Patriots going with a receiver - but not the usual name.
Now that the 2012 NFL season in officially in the books, we’re going to see the draft season really pick up over the next couple of weeks. That being said, SB Nation released their post-Super Bowl mock yesterday, and they had the Patriots looking at the wide receiver position, selecting Louisiana Tech prospect Quinton Patton with the 29th selection:
Not a household name at this point, Quinton Patton was one of the most consistent players in the country this season. Given his precise route running and solid hands, some have compared him to Reggie Wayne. The Patriots can't get by another season without upgrading the wide receiver spot.
Patton is an interesting prospect who delivers something that the often-mocked Tavon Austin cannot – size. At 6’2” and 195 lbs, Patton could certainly line up on the outside in New England. He possesses a lot of the qualities that the Patriots were missing from their receiving corps in 2012. He’s also an NFL-ready prospect who would add much needed size and youth at the position. And, oh yeah, he’s a high character guy:
The Bulldogs lost a close 31-24 game to TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl, but during the broadcast, it came to light that Patton and teammate Adrien Cole gave up the $300 Best Buy certificates awarded to them in their bowl prizes to kids participating in the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Add that sort of character to his talent, and it makes scouts very intrigued with his potential as an NFL playmaker and locker room presence.
Yeah, I’d be a fan of this pick. What are your thoughts?