Robert Quinn will resume blurring past offensive tackles with the St. Louis Rams after spending a year on the couch for NCAA violations arising from improper accommodations. Up until then, Quinn spent his falls terrorizing ACC quarterbacks, recording 11 sacks and six forced fumbles in 2009.
Hailing from the same school as Julius Peppers, the latest Tar Heel top prospect doesn’t have the same power but can both fly off the edges and function in coverage. His incredible ability to change direction at 6-4, 265 lbs. makes him a versatile fit in any defense that must inject a pass-rushing threat.
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper thinks the suspension could've stood between him and No. 1.
“This is a guy who could be a feared pass-rusher off the edge in a 4-3 alignment, with the size and strength to take on blocks and hold up against the run, or an almost impossible guy to block consistently in the 3-4 … if Quinn had played last season for North Carolina, I truly believe we're talking about a possible No. 1 overall pick.”
Steve Spagnuolo has worked wonders with pass rushing defensive ends — many remember the Giants beating up on Tom Brady in the Super Bowl — and Quinn provides another weapon to use against opposing quarterbacks. Quinn couldn't hope for a better selection in the mid-teens. Quinn dropped further than expected, and its speculated that it could be due to issues with a tumor from which he has recovered.