After reading through a couple articles and comments on the WR corps, I thought it'd be interesting to get a more structured look at the two WR's side by side. Conventional wisdom says Chris Givens is a starting WR, Tavon Austin is a starting something, and Pettis is likely in some sort of rotation. Adding Cook and Kendricks to the mix makes things a bit more complicated but let's avoid that conversation and get to the comparison.
Brian Quick (2012 NFL draft - 2nd round, 33rd overall)
6'4" 220 lbs. 40 time- 4.55 sec, Bench-15 reps, Vert- 34 in.
71 rec. 1,096 yds (15.4 yd avg), 11 TD's
11 rec. 156 yds (14.2 yd avg.), 2 TD's
NFL.com draft profile Grade: 84.7
Good stuff: "Uncommon size", "hands catcher who has the catching radius and grip strength to bring down any ball thrown near his area", "great option in the short game"
Not so good: "As a deep threat, Quick hasn't shown the speed to be a go-to option here", "hasn't had much experience at a high level of football"
Walterfootball.com draft profile Rank: 9 (Proj. Rd.: 2-3)
Good stuff: "big receiver", "potential red-zone threat", "some that believe he has a first-round skill set"
Not so good: "needs to be more aggressive and attack the football", "could be an overrated prospect", "some that believe he has a first-round skill set, but that was not on display at the Senior Bowl"
Stedman Bailey (2013 NFL draft - 3rd round, 92nd overall)
5'10" 193 lbs. 40 time- 4.52 sec, Bench- 11 reps, Vert- 34.5 in.
114 rec. 1622 yds (14.2 yd avg), 25 TD's
NFL.com draft profile Grade: 79.0
Good stuff: "Extremely productive.", "tremendous physicality", "Excellent body control", "Soft hands"
Not so good: "Lacks ideal size", "not an overly explosive athlete"
Walterfootball.com draft profile Rank: 8 (Proj. Rd.: 2-3)
Good stuff: "one of the most productive receivers in the nation", "had five touchdowns against Baylor", "very fast", "excellent route runner who has great hands"
Not so good: "has enough size" (reaching here, hehe)
If you've encountered me in the comments section, you probably know that I think it's a long shot for Stedman to rank ahead of Quick on the depth chart this year. Quick was drafted earlier, has better measurables, had quite a bit of hype coming out of the FO when he got drafted, and he'll be in his second year in the Rams system. But Stedman has way more college production, was a Biletnikoff award finalist, played against higher level college competition, and has chemistry with Tavon Austin (might be worth something).
Stedman may be able to quickly get on the same page with Bradford, as Givens did (who may be considered a less polished draft prospect than Bailey), leaving Quick on the sidelines. Quick may show that his NFL experience and impressive skill set give him a leg up on a rookie. It's tough to tell before training camp but it's interesting to look at these rather disparate prospects and try to come to a conclusion on who will be the better WR this year. Should be an interesting training camp battle.
And before you comment, don't forget to turn that Monday frown the other way around :)