Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 4/128 -- Quinton Patton, WR, 6-0, 204, Louisiana Tech...Given a second-round grade by some talent evaluators, Patton was the key cog in the nation's highest scoring offense. He caught 104 passes for 1,392 yards and 13 touchdowns and could push A.J. Jenkins for playing time. - The Sports Xchange
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05/02/13 - SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, self-admittedly, has a new favorite player.
The honor belongs to fourth-round pick Quinton Patton, a wide receiver from Louisiana Tech, and the rationale has nothing to do with football.
Patton was so excited to begin his NFL career that after being drafted by the 49ers, he bought his own plane ticket and flew from Nashville to San Francisco to get to work.
Except there was one problem: rookies aren't allowed to be at their team facility until rookie minicamps officially begin. If they do show, they won't be able to participate in those minicamps.
"He calls us (Monday), and he said he's here," Harbaugh said in an interview on KNBR 680 raiod. "He's on his way, just landed at the airport, he's in his rental car, he's coming over to the facility and he can't wait to get started. Which we had to go, 'You're where? What airport did you fly into? You're in a rental car driving here?'"
"Yeah, coach," Patton said. "I'm 20 minutes away."
In somewhat of a panic, Harbaugh had to tell him to flip a U-turn and head back to the airport.
"The amazing story is we had to (tell him) on the phone, "Stop, Quinton. You've got to go back to the airport and fly back to Nashville," Harbaugh said. "You can't come here until the rookie minicamp."
The team informed the league of the mix-up and also got in touch with his agent, who said, "You know, Quinton said he was so excited to get started he was just going to get a plane ticket and fly himself out there. But I thought he was just kidding."
The gung-ho attitude made an impression on Harbaugh, who likened it to something he would have done.
"He's already my favorite guy," Harbaugh said.
When the idea that cutting him would now be more difficult if it came to that, Harbaugh dismissed that as a possibility.
"That's not going to happen," he said.
04/28/13 - A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 4/128 -- Quinton Patton, WR, 6-0, 204, Louisiana Tech...Given a second-round grade by some talent evaluators, Patton was the key cog in the nation's highest scoring offense. He caught 104 passes for 1,392 yards and 13 touchdowns and could push A.J. Jenkins for playing time. - The Sports Xchange
04/25/13 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 42. WR Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech (6-0, 204, 5SR)...Although he doesn't look like much physically, Patton has the foot quickness to create after the catch and always seems to be playing fast but under control. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/08/13 - 2013 Louisiana Tech Pro Day: There were a total of 23 NFL teams represented at Louisiana Tech Pro Day on March 26. The workout was held outdoors on field-turf. A total of 24 players worked out. Quinton Patton WR (6-0 ¼, 202 pounds) – He ran 4.48 and 4.50 in the 40-yard dash. He recorded a 37-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-6 broad jump. Patton kept the rest of his numbers from the combine. He looked very good. Patton had a couple drops early but then looked very good catching the ball. He’s probably going to be a second-round pick. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
01/24/13 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Wide Receivers, Three up...3. Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech. Many analysts were surprised by how well Patton adapted to playing with kids from big schools as he stood out for the right reasons. He was quick off the snap and ran really well. Though he didn't have a breakaway gear, he did show off great hands and concentration throughout the week, particularly on Wednesday when he caught a pass from E.J. Manuel with a defender right on his hip. Expect teams to study up on him and consider him to be a Z receiver. - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com