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ROOKIE SPOTLIGHT: FOCUS ON BRIAN QUICK

Jonathan Bales Staff Writer May 16, 2012 6:04PM EST
Projected to be a mid-to-late second-round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, Appalachian State wide receiver Brian Quick surprised some people when he got selected by the St. Louis Rams with the first pick in the round. Quick will have a legitimate chance to win the No. 1 receiving job immediately, so he’s sure to be on every Fantasy owner’s radar.

Scouting Report

At 6’4”, 220 pounds, Quick is a monster. He’s got the type of size you covet in a No. 1 receiver, and he uses that length well. Quick plucks the ball out of the air with his long arms, always giving the quarterback a huge target. He’s really a natural hands catcher. Quick hasn’t had problems getting off press coverage, using his length to maintain separation once he beats the cornerback.

Quick’s 4.55 40-yard dash time at the Combine is a really solid number for someone his size. It takes Quick some time to get going, however, and he has more speed than quickness (ironically). Quick plays with natural balance (check out the 47-second mark below) although, he can get high in his routes at times.

Because of his skill set, Quick is unlikely to play in the slot. He’s a prototypical “X” receiver, but he’s still a good bet to garner a lot of receptions. Quick has extensive experience catching screens at Appalachian State (see the 58-second mark), and adequate athleticism to make things happen after the catch.

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One of Quick’s biggest weaknesses right now is that I don’t see him running the entire route tree. On in-breaking routes, Quick is sensational. He can take a slant or dig and get up field in a hurry. On routes that Quick must break down quickly, such as comebacks and curls, he struggles. I’m not sure he has the change-of-direction ability to consistently beat NFL cornerbacks on these routes.

Quick is fine on deep routes, although he needs to give his quarterback more area to throw the football. You can see this at the 1:27 mark below when Quick gets muscled to the sideline on a fade route. He’ll need to learn to fight back inside to allow a window for the quarterback to get him the ball.

Reminds me most of. . .

A young Roy Williams. There’s no doubt about this one; the two are very similar players. Like Williams, Quick can run certain routes very well, but can’t seem to get it done on others. Neither player has blazing speed and they rarely create phenomenal separation, but both utilize exceptional balance and body control to make plays. Williams and Quick both have good hands as well.

Fantasy Outlook

A player like Quick needs to be paired with the right type of quarterback, i.e. an accurate one. Williams struggled in Dallas because Tony Romo isn’t extremely accurate, and when Williams failed to gain separation, Romo looked elsewhere. Luckily for Quick, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is incredibly accurate and can get him the ball even when he’s covered. The two are a match made in gridiron heaven.

Depending on the number of targets he gets, Quick has a chance to be the top rookie receiver in 2012. I don’t think 50 receptions, 900 yards, and six scores is out of the question. Plus, Quick possesses a high ceiling and relatively high floor if he claims the team’s No. 1 receiver job.

In dynasty leagues, Quick has some real potential. He’s admittedly a gamble coming from such a small school, but the upside is there for big things. You can upgrade Quick in both dynasty and point-per-reception leagues.

One Comment »

  1. oleg May 19, 2012 at 8:03 pm -

    took quick over kendall wright @ the 10.bad move?

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