49ers select WR Patton with 128th overall pick

49ers select WR Patton with 128th overall pick
April 27, 2013, 10:45 am
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Quinton Patton caught 183 passes for 2,594 yards and 24 touchdowns over two seasons at Louisiana Tech. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers used their first fourth-round pick, No. 128 overall, to add to their depth at wide receiver to select Louisiana Tech's Quinton Patton.

QUINTON PATTON
Position: Wide receiver
School: Louisiana Tech
Height/weight: 6 foot, 204 pounds
College career: He was a second-team All-American flanker and team captain for Sonny Dykes' team. Patton started all 25 games he appeared in at Louisiana Tech, where he caught 183 passes for 2,594 yards and 24 touchdowns. He averaged 13.4 yards per reception last season. He transferred from Coffeyville (Kan.) College.
Scouting report: He performed well against top-level competition at the Senior Bowl. He's got good size and ran a 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine. Good balance and body control. Needs work on his route-running.
How he fits: The 49ers have Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin as the starters. Behind those two are a bunch of question marks. Mario Manningham is not expected to be ready until deep into training camp after season-ending knee surgery. Kyle Williams also returns from a season-ending knee injury. He is on schedule to be ready for the opening of camp. A.J. Jenkins was a first-round pick last year, but he did not catch a pass as a rookie. Ricardo Lockette drew rave reviews from coach Jim Harbaugh at the NFL scouting combine. So Patton will have plenty of competition to get onto the field to contribute.
In his words: "Just a little bit of everything. At Louisiana Tech, I mostly played outside on the right. But the offense was so potent I didn't have to change positions. So they said a little bit of everywhere. Can I play on the left, can I play in the slot? In junior college, I always played the slot receiver, to the left and to the right. At Louisiana Tech for some reason I just played outside to the right. So I had the best of both worlds."
--Quinton Patton on how he has been used in his college career.