One could argue that no player on either Senior Bowl roster helped themselves during the practice week as much as Quinton Patton did.
The Louisiana Tech wideout was sharp in his route-running, caught everything his way, and rarely lost a one-on-one rep to a defensive back all week long. Still, he's not quite satisfied with the performance heading into Saturday's game.
"I judge myself hard, it's the little things," he said. I got jammed up by the Southeastern (La.) corner (Robert Alford) earlier… I was really upset about that. But you've got to have short-term memory when you play receiver."
Patton is working to take care of said little things every time he steps onto the field.
"Just the press, looking the ball in more, getting in and out of my breaks and getting in on any special teams I can," he said of where he's looking to improve the most.
Perhaps the special teams desire that Patton shows, often staying in longer than any player on the field before stubbornly yielding to the next man up who is already behind in reps, is what may say the most about his work ethic and strive to play at the next level.
"90 percent of football is wanting to do stuff," he said of his mandatory special teams participation. "So when you want to do it you put in that extra effort and it's good to you."
As imagined, the feedback from NFL personnel in Mobile has been pretty positive.
"They want to see a little bit of everything, they like the energy and route-running," Patton admitted, though he chose to honor his word with NFL teams by not sharing specifics on organizations he is in contact with. "But the word for the week is consistency."
Growing up in Nashville, Tennessee, Patton was a fan of the local team, though it won't tip his hand on who he's looking to hear from come Draft Day.
"Hey, the Tennessee Titans!" he admitted of his fandom. "I was there when Adelphia was there…but I'm willing to play for anybody."
Above all else, the humble wide receiver is looking to make a name not only for himself, but everybody who had a place in his path to the NFL.
Said Patton, "I represent God first, than my family, then Louisiana Tech, then myself. It feels good representing everybody who put time into me. This feels good right here."