The next few weeks here on State of the Texans we will be doing some draft profiles of some particular players who could possibly fit into the Texans plans. We are not going to try to piece together scouting reports, but we enlist help of bloggers who actually cover the respective player and their school.
In this draft profile we look at potentially the best small school draft prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft, the big wide receiver from Appalachian State, Brian Quick. At 6'3" 222 lbs. and a 81 inch wingspan Quick has all the makings for a top flight wide receiver at the next level. Questions will arise if he is more than just a two route wide receiver and if his competition level will hurt his stock.
Can you give us a little background on Brian Quick?
Quick was a basketball standout in high school who didn’t actually play any major organized football under his senior year. He burst onto the scene with 885 yards and 9 touchdowns, receiving a scholarship to Appalachian State for football. He also received numerous basketball scholarships but opted to go to college for football instead. With over 200 receptions and 4,000 yards in his college career, Quick has made his mark on NFL scouts.
Is he the best small school prospect coming out in the draft this year?
I believe the most talented small school player is Janoris Jenkins from North Alabama, the Florida transfer, but Brian Quick is definitely the most talented who has not played at a D1 program.
What are Quick's strengths and weaknesses?
Quick has the size and strength you look for in an elite red zone threat. At 6’3 and a half and 222 pounds, he has the ability to go above his head and use his vertical leap to make some nice catches. He is deceptively fast and has some quick twitch to him as well. These moldable abilities give him major upside.
He is very inconsistent catching the ball. He has had some big touchdown drops throughout his career and these troubles continued during the Senior Bowl week in Mobile. He isn’t the most fluid athlete in the world and can round off some routes at times. He wasn’t asked to run many different routes at App. State either, so there will be a big learning curve.
Does Quick have the all or nothing draft grade on him?
Not necessarily. At worst, he can likely be a very good red zone threat who can catch fade routes. At best, he can become an NFL starter and be an extremely difficult match-up.
How do you see Quick at the next level?
A lot will depend where he is drafted and how the coaching staff develops him. He is still a project, in the mold of Ramses Barden a few years ago. If he doesn’t develop, he could stay in obscurity, but if the coaching staff can correct his raw issues, he can be a very good WR.
Special thanks to Shane and you can follow him on twitter and visit his draft site with in-depth draft coverage all season.
What do you think?