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St. Louis Rams Draft: What Brian Quick Brings to the Rams Offense

Louis MustoContributor IIIApril 27, 2012

The St. Louis Rams used their first of three early second-round picks in the 2012 NFL draft to select Appalachian wide receiver Brian Quick.

For a team whose offense has lacked a quality passing game since the days of “The Greatest Show on Turf,” Quick has the potential to be the big, productive receiver the Rams have dreamt of for quite some time.

The selection comes at the expense of many prospects who could be considered better than Quick—National Football Post’s Wes Bunting has 11 receivers remaining at the time of the pick ranked higher than the Appalachian State receiver—but there is definitely a lot to love about Quick and his addition to the Rams' passing attack.

Though playing at FCS-school Appalachian State, Quick was an impressively productive receiver during his collegiate career. He caught 202 passes for 3,418 yards and 31 touchdowns for the Mountains—20 of which came during the last two seasons.

At 6’3” and 215 pounds, Quick has spectacular athleticism at a desirable size for an NFL receiver. He is not a burner by any means—having run a 4.55 at the combine—but he displays impressive ability catching everything thrown his way.

Perhaps the greatest asset Quick possesses, even greater than his size, is his potential. As NFL.com points out, the former Mountaineer is very limited in football experience, and would benefit from some work with the Rams' coaches to help him develop into an NFL-caliber receiver.

Outside of his speed and inexperience, however, Quick is as promising a prospect as they come. He is able to contribute from day one, while learning and growing at the pro level.

The Rams, who finished 30th in passing offense last season, receive an instant upgrade while delivering quarterback Sam Bradford with the big target he has desperately needed since being drafted first overall by the Rams in 2010.

He will not be able to give the Rams a complete facelift, but his presence will make an immediate impact. He is the first step in the right direction for St. Louis’ offense going forward, and the move shows promise that they are committed to improving one of their most evident needs.

 

Louis Musto is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter here.

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