Patterson is not as fast as Julio Jones -- nor as big. People that compare them are comparing apples w. oranges, imo. Patterson may be a poor man's Jones but he's not Jones.
Just sign Wallace. Pay the man and save then that 1st draft pick for a guaranteed BPA who will start from day one, and make a difference.
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Plus it would save a draft pick for a player that is rated higher at his position than Patterson at WR -- a BPA pick vs. a "need" pick. I don't like need picks when better talent is on the board...
like ted ginn when patrick willis is there.
FA: Eugene Monroe, Zach Strief, Brent Grimes, Nolan Carroll, Chris Clemmons
1. Zach Martin OG/OT
2. Tre Mason RB
3. Cauron Reid DT
4. Brandon Linder OG/OT
5. Crockett Gilmore TE
Trade down if possible and still get your guy
Secondly, you are assuming all the above, in your summation of Patterson -- without ever playing an NFL down. How anyone can look at Wallace and say, "Hmm, don't think he can do THAT in Miami!" is just amazing, to me. What Wallace does can be translated to ANY team, if that team has an NFL caliber QB. Wallace IS proven and is the most low risk WR in FA, imo. FA WRs are only risk heavy if they are a. scheme WRs, b. emotionally troubled, c. injury-prone, and d. with downfield limited speed. Wallace is the antithesis of that, imo [even though no one can predict injury...].
Thirdly, I thought Wallace was 6'1" and Patterson 6'2" -- thanks for the better info. Wallace timed out at 4.33 but his game speed downfield is at least that good, if not better. Lots of guys get slower in pads. Not Wallace. He's a true game-breaker downfield IN REAL TIME. Watching him play is a treat. He's simply not coverable one on one. And barely that with a S on top -- not even then if the QB has time.
Pay Wallace and you have a guaranteed playmaker. A bird in the hand is worth many would-be draft picks in the bush. Then, w. the draft picks, you can go BPA with confidence.