Feb 26, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Appalachian State wide receiver Brian Quick participates in a catch and run drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd are not the only wide receivers in this draft, in case you might have forgotten. They aren't the only receivers the St. Louis Rams have checked under the hood about either. Two other receivers running a deep curl into Rams Park ahead of next week's draft include Appalachian State's Brian Quick and Wake Forest's Chris Givens.
Givens is a late riser among the punditocracy, which means teams have probably had him pegged for a while longer. Standing 6'0" weighting 195 lbs, the Wake Forest product looks like a he could be a really good possession receiver, a second- or third-round version of Justin Blackmon.
Gil Brandt described Givens as the best route runner in this year's draft. That counts for something. Players that start their rookie season with a solid grasp on routes can make an impact in their first year of work, even if their full potential is limited or years away.
Mocking the Draft has a quick scouting report on Givens.
Quick is a different kind of receiver. The Appalachian State product is another on a long list of tall, big receivers floating around the end of the first and the top half of the second round. Quick is 6'4" 222 lbs, which is more than enough to entice some teams looking for size at the position ... like the Rams.
Quick is raw, and may need some time to get caught up on the NFL route tree, unlike Givens. His size could be enough to make him a red zone factor early on in the draft. There are questions about his speed, specifically whether or not he can build it up fast enough to create separation.
A quickie on Quick from our friends over at Mocking the Draft.