The Rams used their first choice in the second round on receiver Brian Quick out of Appalachian State in the draft back in April. They saw him as an athlete with the size and potential to be a potent #1 receiver for them in the future. With training camp underway, and a few practices under their belts, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at the receiver he is today, and what can be expected of him in the future.
First off, fans must realize, Quick is only beginning his 6th year of organized football. Quick did not start playing until his senior year of high school at Ridgeview High School , in Columbia, South Carolina. He was not even rated by rivals.com coming out of high school. His football continued at Appalachian State. As he continued his career, he continuously developed and produced. His freshman year he “only” managed 23 receptions, 496 years, and 7 touchdowns. By his senior year he was up to 71 catches, 1096 yards, and 11 touchdowns, finishing his career as the school’s leader in receptions (202), receiving yards (3,410), and touchdowns (31).
Quick has all the components of a receiver that keeps defensive coordinators and cornerbacks up at night: size, speed, agility, strong hands, and leaping ability. Quick is 6’4”, 220 pounds, and ran a 4.55 40, 4.23 shuttle, and a 34” vertical leap. The big issue with him is going to be his inexperience. All the traits are there, it is a matter of transferring those to the field. In the early days of camp, Quick showed that he was pressing. Slow out of his break, losing his footing, and dropping passes were the tell tail signs. Despite these things, I am not concerned. As mentioned previously, this is only his 6th year of organized football and his first time in a real playbook. It will take time to adjust, but the ability and drive is there. He has shown his potential early in camp and according to reports his last two practices were his best yet. I expect big things from the rookie receiver and fully anticipate he will one day be the #1 target that all Rams fans have been dreaming of for year. One thing is for sure, his best is yet to come, and hopefully it comes Quick.