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Brian Quick was drafted No. 33 overall in 2012—which practically makes him a first-round selection—but his development at the NFL level has been slow and aggravating, while his production has been minuscule.
When the Rams drafted Quick, they sold him to the fanbase as a No. 1 wide receiver capable of contributing immediately. Rams head coach Jeff Fisher made that perfectly clear shortly after the draft, according to StLouisRams.com.
"We expect him to play and be a big part of our offense," said Fisher during the 2012 interview. "We wouldn't have taken him at the spot where we took him were we not convinced that he was one of those guys that could learn fast and help us very early in the season."
Shortly after that 2012 draft, the Rams also leaked reports comparing Quick to future Hall of Famer Terrell Owens.
The team even revealed the details of Quick's super-secret predraft workout that evidently sealed the deal, where Quick not only caught some passes, but also apparently walked on water and solved the crisis in the Middle East.
The Rams have since backtracked. The organization now talks about Quick in a different tone, and the regime seems to acknowledge that he's actually a long-term project.
The selection of Quick has been one of the few obvious blunders by the current regime, but perhaps it's not over just yet.
Training camp reports have been consistent regarding Quick's stellar performance. He has been running with the first-team offense and has been a spectacular deep-ball and red-zone threat early in camp.
Rams fans have witnessed more than a few disappointments at the wide receiver position, so you'll struggle to find a fanbase more skeptical of training camp production by a receiver, but Quick's production should not be totally overlooked, either.
If Quick continues to impress in camp, and if he's finally able to contribute consistently during the regular season, it would be an unexpected but remarkable upgrade for the offense.