Rams' fans have high hopes for Brian Quick.
Brian Quick was the first pick in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft (No. 33 overall). As soon as that card was turned in, like it or not, Quick became a man with high expectations thrust upon him.
It's been a long time since St. Louis had a great wide receiver.
The Rams front office has tried to fill the void left by Torry Holt and Issac Bruce. The team drafted Donnie Avery and Mardy Gilyard, traded for Mark Clayton and signed Mike Sims-Walker, drafted Keenan Burton and scooped up undrafted free agents Danny Amendola, Brandon Gibson and Danario Alexander, drafted Austin Pettis and Greg Salas, then traded for Brandon Lloyd...
The Rams have a lot of swings and a lot of misses in the search for the next great Rams receiver.
So step right up, Brian Quick. You're the next contestant in the "Sam Bradford desperately needs an elite receiver to throw to" saga.
Today, I'm going to scour the web for scouting information on Quick, and I'm going to try to compare him to another receiver in the NFL.
Right here on the Bleacher Report, Brian Quick was compared to Vincent Jackson.
I guess that is a pretty good comparison, considering Quick (6'4", 220 pounds) and Jackson (6'5", 240 pounds) are both really big receivers that can go get a jump ball.
Jackson has averaged about 65 catches for 1,100 yards and nine touchdowns in his last three full seasons with the San Diego Chargers. For his career, Jackson averages 17.5 yards per catch.
That would be a big-time improvement for the Rams passing game, and that kind of big-play ability would really open up other parts of the game plan.
As you can see from the short video clip, at least one person is trying to compare Brian Quick to Brandon Lloyd, who had a cup of coffee with the Rams last season.
I hope this comparison doesn't play out, simply because Lloyd was a late bloomer.
Lloyd didn't have a good season until his eighth season in the league, with his fourth different team. That season, at age 29, Lloyd caught 77 passes for 1,448 yards and 11 touchdowns while playing for the Denver Broncos.
Lloyd has been a big-play receiver, averaging 15.4 yards per catch throughout his career. At 6'0", 192 pounds, he is definitely a different body type than Quick.
Lloyd has made his living by having terrific hands and being able to make the circus catch. Quick looks like a receiver with terrific hands also.
Rams receivers coach Ray Sherman compared Brian Quick to Terrell Owens (via Yahoo! Sports), saying "I see a lot of similarities to Terrell Owens. The way the kid goes and gets the ball, the physicality, the desire…he has a chance to be special, no doubt."
Owens (6'3", 226 pounds) is almost the exact same size as Quick, and like Quick, Owens was a former basketball player (Tennessee-Chattanooga) that was a late bloomer on the football field.
Owens, like Quick, was also not a hot name in the mock drafts.
Owens played fairly well as a rookie, considering that he was playing alongside Jerry Rice, the greatest to ever lace 'em up. Owens caught 35 passes for 520 yards and four touchdowns that season.
During his five-year peak, Owens averaged 89 catches for 1,293 yards and 13 touchdowns. For his career, Owens averaged 14.8 yards per catch.
There isn't a Rams fan alive that wouldn't take that kind of production. Say what you want about Owens and his personality, but he has first-ballot Hall of Fame numbers.
Now let me throw out a few comparisons of my own.
Hakeem Nicks is 6'1", 208 pounds. He's not quite as big as Brian Quick, but he is a deep-threat receiver.
Last season, Nicks caught 76 passes for 1,192 yards and seven touchdowns, playing a big part on the Super Bowl champion New York Giants offense.
I'm sure Rams fans wouldn't mind at all if Quick became a solid No. 1 or No. 2 option in a championship offense.
I think because of his size, strength and jump-ball ability, Quick has more talent than Nicks and could actually be a better version of him.
Sidney Rice is 6'4", 202 pounds and is a very athletic receiver. He has had problems staying healthy, but in 2003, he put together a full season and hauled in 83 passes for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns.
Brian Quick is definitely bigger and stronger than Rice, but I think this is a really good comparison, because Quick is a big receiver that is also athletic.
If Quick puts together a consistent run of seasons like the one Rice had in 2003, Rams fans won't complain a bit.
A guy can dream, right?
I think Larry Fitzgerald and Brian Quick, if you lined them up side by side, would be a perfect comparison physically. They are almost the exact same size. Quick is about a half-inch taller, and he weighs two more pounds.
They are both very fast, but you wouldn't characterize either receiver as a pure speedster. They are also both very good at going up and plucking the football out of the air.
Fitzgerald, in my opinion, is the best all-around receiver in the NFL right now—apologies to Andre Johnson, who is also a stud, and Calvin Johnson, who is from another planet. I just think Fitzgerald has done it better, longer, and he's had to switch quarterbacks.
Fitzgerald has terrific hands. He is big, fast enough to run away from DBs, and we all know he can go up and get the football. His best season came in 2008, when he caught 96 passes for 1,431 yards and 12 touchdowns.
If Quick is willing to put in the work, will he be as good as Fitzgerald?
Like I said, a guy can dream. If Quick even comes close to being as good as Fitzgerald, he'll be one of the 10 best receivers in the NFL, and that would be just fine with Rams fans.
Worst-case scenario, I think Brian Quick emerges as a big target for Sam Bradford to throw to, a luxury in the red zone and a productive player.
Best-case scenario, I think Quick becomes the kind of big, physical, imposing receiver that would elevate Bradford into the conversation with the other elite QBs in the NFL.
I could see Quick being the kind of player that averages 85-90 catches, 1,200-1,400 yards and 10-12 touchdowns per season.
First things first, I'd like to see Quick go out and make an impact as a rookie. I think he is going to get every opportunity to play, and it wouldn't shock me at all for Quick to catch 50-60 passes for 800-1,000 yards his first year in the league.