Robert Quinn is the next pass rusher in the mold of Mario Williams and fellow Tar Heel alum Julius Peppers and shares the same freakish athleticism that make those players great. At 6'5" and 275 pounds Quinn is a very intimidating player on the defensive line and anchors the best defensive line in the nation at UNC. Quinn combines amazing size and length with great strength but most of all his elite explosion off the snap, quickness, athleticism, speed, burst and timing make him nearly unblockable. He compares in many ways to Mario Williams, but Quinn is actually more proven and has done it more consistently at the college level. Being able to immediately come in and be an impact player and also possessing massive upside and potential make Quinn a great pick here.
The Rams hired head coach Steve Spagnolou based on what he was able to do with the Giants defense and how he coached them to a dominating Super Bowl win over the 2007 Patriots who were being called the best offense ever. Now Spags is in St. Louis and looking to replicate that success but knows he needs to build his defense from the ground up: meaning in the trenches. The Rams have Chris Long at RDE who was the 2nd overall pick.
To date Chris Long has been solid but not living up to his potential and gets double teamed too much, which is even more reason toadd Quinn to the defense. Quinn can come in and play RDE, letting chris Long move to LDE where he is a better fit in a Spags defense. Quinn will do alot to keep double teams off Chris Long and could result in a big year from both players. Quinn is a great piece in Spags pursuit to building an elite defense. Of course the Rams have other needs and will be looking to add weapons fro Sam Bradford but the receiver position is very deep in this draft and the Rams likely can get a great receiver with their 2nd round pick.