He could have been distracted by the rainy weather or wet footballs or slippery turf. Or bummed that more than a dozen family and friends came Monday for his Pro Day workout and planned a sunny cookout after he was done. None of those uncontrollable factors bothered Solomon Patton. He returned to UF on a mission Monday. "I've been waiting on this," he said. Patton had a breakout senior season for the Gators, leading the team in receptions (44), receiving yards (556) and touchdowns (6). He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown and remained a standout performer on UFâs special teams. Still, when invitations for last month's NFL Combine were sent out, Patton did not receive one. Eight of his UF teammates did: Jon Halapio, Jonotthan Harrison, Trey Burton, Ronald Powell, Dominique Easley, Loucheiz Purifoy, Jaylen Watkins and Marcus Roberson. Instead of sulking, Patton continued to work out with March 17 marked on his calendar. "Even before (the combine), I've just been really excited to be able to get back and show the scouts what I can do," Patton said. "I feel like I definitely did a good job." Based on the attention Patton received from the more than 50 NFL scouts and assistant coaches in attendance, it sure seemed that way. Patton was clocked unofficially at 4.3 in the 40-yard dash and did 16 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press. For a player who checked in at 5-foot-8 and 179 pounds, that's a lot of lifting. Gators coach Will Muschamp doesn't put much stock into Patton's combine snub. He coached Patton for three seasons and saw him put in the work to develop into the Gators' offensive MVP in 2013. "He is going to give you a lot of bang for your buck," Muschamp said. "There's no question he is going to find a role. Where will he fit in? He is a guy that is going to make a team. It's just a matter of fit, the right situation for him.
Receiver Solomon Patton shines in rain during Gators' Pro Day
Fox Sports Florida | Mar 18