Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 2/33 - Brian Quick, WR, 6-4, 222, Appalachian State...The Rams love his size, hands and ability to snatch the ball. They aren't worried the level of competition in college. General manager Les Snead said of the receivers they worked out, Quick "was as good, or better, than all of them." - The Sports Xchange
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Quick played up to his significant measurements as a big man in a small-school conference.
He is one of the most highly rated prospects in Appalachian history. He is the school's all-time leader in receptions (202), receiving yards (3,418) and touchdown catches (31).
Last season was his best with 71 catches, 1,096 yards and 11 scores.
Despite his last name, Brian is probably faster than quick but is a tremendous target short or deep. He has excellent downfield speed once after he gets into second gear or higher and ran a decent 40-yard dash at the Scouting combine, with a best time of 4.50 seconds.
Quick also plays even larger than his height thanks to 34 1/4-inch arms and an 80 7/8-inch wingspan that makes him a huge target. Add to that a 34-inch vertical jump and Quick has everything it takes to become a quarterback's favorite target, especially in the red zone.
He impressed scouts at the Senior Bowl and in the game was a favorite target of Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore. And, lest we forget a historical moment, Quick was one of only two players on the team last year who were part of the 2007 victory over Michigan.
Release: Was rarely challenged with press coverage due to his great size. Has long arms and a developing swat-away move to slip free, though he can get tied up and lose timing with the quarterback. Quickly generates top-end speed and can surprise the defender playing in off-man coverage with his ability to eat up the cushion.
Hands: Possesses long arms and big, strong hands. Inconsistent with his body positioning and isn't as effective in blocking out smaller defensive backs from the ball as his size would indicate. Can snatch hot passes outside of his frame and has good flexibility to adjust to poorly thrown passes. Concentration lapses cost him drops, which was again noteworthy at Senior Bowl practices.
Route running: Needs significant work in this area, though he has intriguing tools to work with. Is a smooth accelerator whose long strides eat up the cushion quickly and get him to top-end speed efficiently. Good balance and flexibility to sink his hips and generate good burst laterally out of his breaks to separate, especially for a receiver of his size. Inconsistent route runner. Struggled a bit at the Senior Bowl when his size and athleticism weren't enough to beat defenders.
After the catch: This is the area where Quick shows some unique traits. Has good top-end speed for a receiver of his size, frequently surprising defenders with his ability to accelerate and forcing them to adjust their pursuit angles. Good strength, effort, and balance to fight through tackles and break free for big plays.
Blocking: Competitive player who uses his size and strength to effectively block his opponent despite the fact that he shows only average overall technique. Has to do a better job of keeping his feet moving to sustain the block rather than simply provide a physical shove.
Intangibles: Was a star basketball player in high school and only played one season of football at the prep level. Claimed at the Senior Bowl that he rarely received positional coaching at Appalachian State and that his experience with the Minnesota Vikings staff was first time he'd had a receivers coach.
Perhaps the nation’s premier wideout at the NCAA Division I FCS level ... likely one of college football’s top pass-catchers at any level ... widely regarded to likely be the first FCS player selected in the 2012 NFL Draft ... in line to make serious runs at Appalachian’s all-time records for receptions (69 behind DaVon Fowlkes’ seven-year-old record of 200), receiving yards (802 yards behind Rick Beasley’s 31-year-old record of 3,124), touchdown catches (five behind Bob Agle’s 43-year-old record of 25) and yards per reception (Quick leads Beasley by .1 yard with a 17.7 yards per catch for his career) ... enters his final campaign as the active FCS leader with 2,322 receiving yards and 17.7 yards per catch for his career ... was a standout basketball player in high school who did not play prep football until his senior year ... still possesses the leaping ability of a premier hoops player ... boasts terrific hands ... due to late start in the sport, has worked extremely hard to become an excellent route-runner ... is one of only two players remaining on ASU’s roster that played in the historic 2007 victory at Michigan (Gordy Witte, Jr. being the other).
At 6-5, 220 pounds, Quick is one of the most highly touted NFL prospects in Appalachian history. He is the program’s all-time leader in receptions (202), receiving yards (3,418) and touchdown catches (31). As a senior in 2011, he caught 71 passes for 1,096 yards and 11 scores. Quick excelled at last month’s Senior Bowl, which is widely regarded as college football’s premier all-star game. As only the second ASU player to ever appear in the Senior Bowl, Quick caught a six-yard pass on a third-and-five play in the second quarter and later dragged a tackler two yards to the first-down marker to covert a third-and-four and set up a field goal in the fourth quarter of the North’s 23-13 win. Quick’s two receptions, both of which came from Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore, matched a team high.
Second-team all-Southern Conference pick by coaches and media … second-team All-American by Phil Steele … led ASU with 42 receptions for 741 yards (17.6 ypr) and seven touchdowns … tied for third in SoCon in TD receptions … fourth in SoCon in receiving yards … second-fastest in ASU history to reach 2,000 career receiving yards.
Was the starter at the ‘Y’ receiver position the entire season ... caught 61 passes (second on team) for a team-best 982 yards, one more than teammate Matt Cline and good for second in the SoCon and 13th nationally ... 982 receiving yards were the fifth-most in ASU single-season history and 61 receptions rank sixth on school’s all-time single-season list ... 16.1 yards-per-catch average was tops on the team among receivers with at least 15 receptions (two yards better than the next-highest average — 14.1 by TE Ben Jorden) ... had eight receptions that went for 30 yards or more ... caught at least one pass in all 14 games ... surpassed the 100-yard plateau three times ... got off to a relatively slow start with eight receptions for 131 yards over the first three games but exploded for four catches for 117 yards and a pivotal 74-yard touchdown in overtime win at The Citadel ... the career-long 74-yard score knotted the game at 27-27 with 4:28 to play in regulation ... in addition to the sterling afternoon catching the football, he blocked a 53-yard field-goal attempt by The Citadel’s Sam Keeler on the final play of regulation to send the contest to overtime (Keeler had booted 50- and 45-yard field goals earlier in the game) ... two weeks later, he continued his dominance of SoCon-rival Wofford by hauling in eight passes for a career-high 181 yards and two touchdowns to help lead ASU to a come-from-behind victory at Wofford ... the eight-catch, 181-yard performance upped his career totals in two games against Wofford to 12 receptions for 353 yards and five touchdowns ... followed up the career day versus Wofford with 74 yards (five receptions) against Georgia Southern and 70 at Furman (four rec.) ... just missed out on another 100-yard day when he caught six passes for 99 yards in SoCon title-clinching win at Elon ... caught six passes for 92 yards, including an acrobatic, tight-rope touchdown reception in the back of the end zone in opening-round playoff win over South Carolina State ... erupted for a career-high 10 receptions for 135 yards the cold and snow at Montana in the national semifinals ... went through the gamut of emotions on the Mountaineers’ final possession ... caught a 10-yard pass on fourth-and-10 with less than 20 seconds remaining to keep the Apps’ drive alive but three plays later, the would-be tying touchdown slipped through his fingers at the goal line as time expired ... the 10 catches and 135 receiving yards vs. Montana are both the second-highest totals in ASU postseason history ... became only the second ASU receiver with double-digit receptions in a game since DaVon Folkes’ school-record 17 catches versus Elon in 2004 (Matt Cline had 10 receptions vs. Georgia Southern earlier in the 2009 campaign).
Rebounded from a slow start to become one of the nation’s top receivers over the final month-and-a-half of the season ... had just two receptions for 20 yards through six games ... jump-started his second-half resurgance by going high over a Georgia Southern defender in the corner of the end zone to haul in a 14-yard touchdown pass in ASU’s one-point triumph ... had another acrobatic, leaping catch (see photo on p. 75) among his two receptions for 61 yards in a 26-14 win over Furman ... enjoyed a breakthrough performance in front of a national audience when he caught four passes for 172 yards, including touchdowns from 58, 50 and 31 yards out in a 70-24 demolition of third-ranked Wofford on ESPN2 ... named SoCon freshman of the Week following outburst against Wofford ... tallied three receptions for 40 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown in the SoCon-title-clinching 24-16 triumph over Elon ... averaged 5.5 receptions for 94.5 yards in first two postseason games of his career ... scored twice in opening-round win over South Carolina State ... led team with 21.6 yards per reception (min. 10) ... set an ASU freshman-record with seven touchdown receptions ... set a school-record for single-game receiving average with 43 yards per catch in the wild win over Wofford ... finished season with 23 catches for 496 yards ... named to Southern Conference’s all-freshman team.
Did not register a catch in two games before sitting out the rest of the season with a back injury ... was an integral part of season-opening victory at Michigan despite not recording any receiving statistics ... after dropping what would have been a third-quarter touchdown pass, elevated high above the U-M offensive front to block a field goal late in the fourth quarter, which set up ASU’s game-winning drive ... injured his back in the following week’s win over Lenoir-Rhyne and did not see game action the rest of the season ... received a medical redshirt.
Recognized as a basketball standout throughout his prep career and played just one season of high school football ... made most of first year of organized football since Little League with 885 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior ... participated in the prestigious Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas ... an all-state, all-region and all-area gridiron selection ... named team’s offensive MVP ... coached by Raymond Jennings.
Full name is Brian Rumeal Quick... born June 5, 1989 (21 years old)... son of Shirley Quick.
Draft Scout Player News
10/21/12 - WR Brian Quick landed hard on the turf in the fourth quarter on a catch in the end zone in which he was ruled to have caught the ball out of bounds. Quick left the field, but no information was provided on a potential injury.
10/01/12 - WR Brian Quick, who was inactive the week before against Chicago, had a good week of practice and was active against the Seahawks. He had the first reception of his career, a 19-yard catch on third-and-10 that led to the Rams' only touchdown of the game. He would have had another reception, but was unable to get both feet down inbounds.
09/23/12 - WR Brian Quick was inactive for the first time this season with Austin Pettis back from a two-game suspension to start the season.
06/12/12 - WR Brian Quick signed a four-year contract with the Rams.
Quick was the first player drafted in the second round of the 2012 draft. The 6-4, 220-pound Appalachian State product was viewed by some teams as a project. He made a strong first impression on quarterback Sam Bradford, whose receiving corps has been modest for his two-year tenure with the Rams.
"It's just extremely impressive watching him move," Bradford said. "As big as he is, as tall as he is, he gets in and out of breaks really well. He's fast as well."
04/30/12 - A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 2/33 - Brian Quick, WR, 6-4, 222, Appalachian State...The Rams love his size, hands and ability to snatch the ball. They aren't worried the level of competition in college. General manager Les Snead said of the receivers they worked out, Quick "was as good, or better, than all of them." - The Sports Xchange
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