Name: Tim Patrick
Position fit: Wide receiver
Stats to know: 34.1 percent of his targets came on passes that travelled at least 20 yards in the air.
What he does best:
- Athletic wide receiver with long strides who has excellent speed to get behind defenses and take the top off a defense.
- Uses his hands well at the top of the route to create separation and wins hand fights with defenders downfield on a consistent basis.
- His hand usage, speed and size provide a downfield target for quarterbacks no matter how well he is covered.
- Uses his hands and sidesteps well to beat press coverages at the line of scrimmage.
- Demonstrated good concentration and focus on sideline receptions.
- Has an extremely large catch radius.
- More physical than what his size and frame would suggest.
- Showed well against good competition. Caught five passes for 89 yards and a touchdown against USC’s Adoree’ Jackson and caught three passes for 58 yards against Washington’s Sidney Jones.
- Very raw as a route-runner and can round off breaks and give away routes.
- Has inconsistent hands and had a couple drops which were a result of concentration lapses.
- Does not high point jump balls, but lets them into his body, which allows the defenders to make a play on the football.
Player comparison: Michael Jenkins, retired
There are not a lot of wide receivers running around with the size and speed that Patrick possesses, but the former Atlanta Falcon was one of them. Both players can get behind basically any defense with the help of their speed, size and physicality, which gives even bigger cornerbacks a problem.
Bottom line: Although Patrick’s route-running skills are limited, his potential in extending the field vertically must intrigue NFL teams. Patrick is an ideal target for accurate quarterbacks as he always provides at least a small area where the ball can be thrown to him. As a result, besides being a deep threat, he can immediately become a weapon in the red zone in Year 1 of his NFL career.