With the 29th pick of the Blogging the bEast mock draft, the New England Patriots select Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech

Huh? Quinton Patton in the first round? Yes, sir. I absolutely love this player. Let’s start with the numbers:

Quinton Patton 1 Quinton Patton 2

Those numbers speak for themselves, but what impresses me so much about his high catch total is that he doesn’t drop the ball. As noted above he had 104 catches last season, and per JPSTATS, he had 1 drop:

Quinton Patton

I hadn’t heard much about Quinton Patton before the Senior Bowl this year. I only knew that he had a monster game against Texas A&M, in which he caught 21 passes for 233 yards and 4 TDs, but I knew very little about his game. Here’s what I thought of Patton after watching him for a week down in Mobile:

(Patton) looked like the most polished receiver at the Senior Bowl this week. He ran great routes, adjusted well to poorly thrown balls, and showed good hands. There was one play where Patton caught a ball on a post pattern, ran away from the CB, turned on the after-burners, split the safeties down the middle, and was gone.

As luck would have it, Patton was asked at the Combine about playing for the Patriots:

“I ain’t got to be around coach Belichick to know that you got to shut up and just get it done. You got to be detail oriented. Just shut up and get it done with him.”

OK, so he’s not the most eloquent speaker, but it seems like he gets the whole “do your job” mantra that Bill Belichick loves so much. Note the Pats’ depth chart at WR here. In a word… Ew.

Patton has nice thickness at 200 pounds, but he’s a little shorter than you’d prefer at 6’0. Additionally, at the Combine, Patton ran a 4.48, which isn’t what you would like to see out of a kid from a small program who only goes 6’0, although I would argue that he “plays faster” than his 40 time.

His production is undeniable, and despite emerging from a smaller program, I think Patton’s assimilation into the pros will be a smooth transition. He’ll also have that non-pampered “over-achiever” quality that NFL teams love. Start him from Day 1 and watch him produce

Confession/disclaimer: This is a selfish “pick with the heart” selection. I like Patton more than most. If the Pats are on the clock here and DeAndre Hopkins is still on the board, my guess is that they’d prefer him over Patton. I like Hopkins too, but I just like Patton more. I’m choosing my heart/gut over my brains on this one. Apologies. It’s my only one.

Previous picks:

1. Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

2. Jaguars: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

3. Raiders: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

4. Eagles: Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon

5. Lions: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

6. Browns: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

7. Cardinals: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

8. Bills: Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU

9. Jets: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU

10. Titans: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

11. Chargers: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

12. Dolphins: DJ Hayden, CB, Houston

13. Jets: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida St.

14. Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

15. Saints: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

16. Rams: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

17. Steelers: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Steelers

18. Cowboys: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina

19. Giants: DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama

20. Bears: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

21. Bengals: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

22. Rams: Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International

23. Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

24. Colts: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA

25. Vikings: EJ Manuel, QB, Florida St.

26. Packers: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

27. Texans: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina

28. Denver: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida St.

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