Patton was taken with first selection in the 2011 AFL Draft. Originally from Rowville, the 197 cm, 101 kg forward played for the Eastern Ranges in the 2011 TAC Cup season and was predicted to be the No 1 draft pick from early in the season.
Patton played his junior football with St Simons Knights Football Club, based in Rowville, before joining the Eastern Ranges in the TAC Cup. He was a member of the AIS AFL Academy and was awarded Best and Fairest for the Eastern Ranges in 2010, going on to be named captain of the squad in 2011.
His older brother, Chris Patton, aged 20, currently plays college basketball in Kansas, previously at the College of Southern Idaho, and is set to play in California in the near future. Both have matching tattoos, saying 'Brotherhood', representing their close bond.
Patton was recruited to the AFL by Greater Western Sydney with the first overall selection in the 2011 AFL National Draft. Patton travelled to Stockholm, Sweden in early 2012 for treatment on a jumper's knee injury, and missed the first eleven rounds of the 2012 season. Patton played his first AFL game on 16 June against Richmond, kicking one goal from seven disposals. In Round 3, 2013, Patton's tenth career game, he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, which would see him miss the remainder of the 2013 season. In Round 21, 2014 after having a break out year Patton re-torn his ACL in he right knee and will undergo a traditional knee reconstruction, which will see him miss 12 months.