A big wide receiver from the FCS powerhouse Appalachian State, Brian Quick is an intriguing prospect. Quick gained over 2,000 yards in 2011, so he has obviously produced at a high level.
Quick's biggest concern, of course, is level of competition, which is not to be overlooked. Nonetheless, he projected as an early-round prospect.
National Football Post wrote about Quick:
Now, he's still not the most explosive of straight-line targets and vertically he's never going to be a guy who is going to separate a ton. He builds speed as he goes, but plays like a high 4.5 guy and doesn't have the burst to simply run away from defenders. Even on the post or corner route he is always a guy who is going to have to box out defenders and go pluck the football. However, that certainly is one of his strengths.
Quick can catch the ball nearly as well as any wideout in the draft, and, at 6'4", 220 pounds, he's a big, physical target. However, Quick isn't a burner, and he could struggle with separation in the NFL.
If he can mitigate such issues, there's no reason he can't at least be a solid player. Few prospects offer the size Quick does, and that's a legitimate weapon.
As a rookie, Quick probably won't contribute too much. He spent his college career playing against weak opposition, and he needs to improve as a route-runner.
The St. Louis Rams were light on receiving targets in 2011-12, making the difficult life of second-year quarterback Sam Bradford even harder. Brandon Lloyd was a legitimate threat, but the talent pool got really shallow quickly after that. So, after passing on a wideout in the first round, the Rams definitely filled a need here.
The question is, how well did they fill it?
Coincidentally, Quick isn't the most explosive or the fastest receiver left on the board, which means he's not terrifying as a deep threat. Still, this is a physical receiver who knows how to use his strength and positioning to his advantage, both of which should serve him well in the NFL.