The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have signed WR Quinton Patton to a four-year deal. Patton (6-0, 202) was the first of the 49ers two fourth-round draft picks (128th overall) in this year’s draft out of Louisiana Tech University.
The 49ers still have five unsigned rookies, including first-round draft pick Eric Reid, second-round pick Tank Carradine, second-round pick Vance McDonald, third-round pick Corey Lemonier, and their second fourth-round pick, Marcus Lattimore.
A team captain in 2012, Patton earned First-Team All-WAC honors in each of his two seasons for the Bulldogs. He finished his Bulldogs career starting all 25 games and ranked seventh in school history in receptions (183), receiving yards (2,594) and third in touchdown receptions (24). He began his collegiate career at Coffeyville Community College prior to transferring Louisiana Tech.
Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin are safely the team's first and second receivers, respectively, but the 49ers have a void to fill for the No. 3 receiver. Patton will compete with second-year receiver A.J. Jenkins, third-year receiver Ricardo Lockette, and the injured Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams for the job.
Patton, a 22-year old native of Nashville, TN, attended LaVergne High School where he earned Class 5A All-Region IV honors, as a senior.
San Francisco 49ers media service contributed to this report