The Colts have drafted another wide receiver for Philip Rivers to throw to, taking Dezmon Patmon out of Washington State.
Wide receiver was a need that the Colts desperately needed to address coming into the draft. They addressed it in the second round, using their first pick on Michael Pittman Jr. They addressed it again in the sixth round, taking Dezmon Patmon out of Washington State.
Patmon is another big receiver, standing at 6’4 228. The Colts needed some length at receiver and got it in Pittman and Patmon. Patmon is faster than he looks too, running a 4.48 40-yard dash at the combine. That sort of size and speed is very enticing this late in the draft.
There are a few reasons why he is only a sixth-round pick though. One of those reasons is that his production wasn’t super high. He only caught 13 touchdowns in his four years at Washington State. He missed most of his freshman year with a knee injury, but that’s still not a lot.
Patmon also doesn’t win as many 50/50 balls as he should. With his size, he should be able to box out defenders and catch the ball more easily. Unfortunately, he doesn’t win as many of these as he should. This is the only time when drops are an issue though. Otherwise, he’s pretty sure-handed.
The receiver room in Indy is suddenly getting a little crowded. T.Y. Hilton, Parris Campbell, Zach Pascal, Marcus Johnson, and Daurice Fountain all return to the team from last season. Add Pittman to that group, and Patmon has his work cut out for him to make this squad.
His big body gives him a chance, but it will be interesting to see how he can assert himself once preseason rolls around. A lack of a training camp would hurt him immensely.