Let’s look at the receivers drafted in the 4th round:
- Ace Sanders (JAC) – Drafted 101st overall out of South Carolina, Sanders is hoping to be a poor man’s Tavon Austin. He had pedestrian stats in the receiving game (45/531/9) in college but showed promise on the return game with 15 yards per return. He’s been working out of the slot with the first team. But Sanders stands at just 5′ 7″ and still has the quarterback issue to deal with. Without Justin Blackmon starting the first four games, Sanders will have an opportunity but needs the supporting cast and hasn’t showing anything to show he’s something special. I’d stay away.
- Josh Boyce (NE) – Drafted 102nd overall, Boyce stands at a respectable 5′ 11″ and 200 pounds and ran a 4.4 at the combine. He did start camp with a foot problem but has overcome that. With lack of receiving options anymore in New England, Boyce and Dobson have been running with the first team at times. Boyce is a guy to keep on later in dynasty drafts.
- Chris Harper (SEA) – Drafted 123rd out of Kansas State, Harper didn’t get to flash much of his skill in K-State’s run-first offense. A physical specimen at 6′ 4″ at 229, he projects as an X-receiver in Seattle’s offense and physically resembles Sterling Sharpe. He’s not particularly quick but does have a clear path to the starting lineup with Golden Tate a free agent after this year. Seattle doesn’t figure to pass a lot but if they do, Harper is intriguing.
- Quinton Patton (SF) – Standing 6′ 2″ with a 4.4 40-time, Patton has the size to be a quality NFL starter. His positives include good hands and control. He started off slow but Coach Harbaugh claims he’s all caught up. The receivers in front of Patton wouldn’t appear to be an issue but there are several including Kyle Wiliams, AJ Jenkins, Anquan Boldin, not to mention, Michael Crabtree. Patton will really have to elevate his game to even see snaps on the field his rookie year. Long-term, the current regime uses a run-heavy scheme with multiple two-tight end sets. It’s hard to imagine an offense where Patton could carve out a niche.