Robert Quinn, the junior defensive end from North Carolina, enters the 2011 NFL Draft ranked as one of the top prospects, regardless of position.
Prior to missing the entire 2010 season because of an NCAA suspension, Quinn dominated as a sophomore and was dynamic as a freshman in 2008. He recorded 11.0 sacks in 13 games and led the ACC with 19 tackles for loss in '09.
- Impressive initial burst off the line
- Combination of athleticism and size (6-foot-4, 265 pounds)
- Tremendous upside
- Relentless as a pass rusher
- Good handwork
- Workout warrior
Overcame adversity once before (brain surgery to remove a benign tumor in high school)
Can he escape his past?
- Potentially scheme versatile
- Game-changing playmaker (eight forced fumbles in 25 games)
- Hustles against the run
- Strong rip move and gets low when coming around the corner
- Permanently suspended from NCAA football because of a rules violation for dealings with an agent
- Still raw and employs very few moves - needs to improve his technique
- Average strength - can get pushed off the ball against the run
- Not very instinctual, especially versus the run
- Conditioning after missing a year?
- Majority of his 2009 production came against inferior competition
Expected draft placement
You can guarantee that Quinn has been and will continue to be grilled about the events that led to his suspension. He has elite upside, but it may take him some time to come into his own if he is switched to outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. Quinn will play his best football as a left defensive end in a 4-3 Tampa 2 system.
Expect Quinn to be selected in the first five picks of the draft. He has the talent to go No. 1 overall (Carolina Panthers), but he is more likely to be the second even third defensive lineman chosen, behind Auburn's Nick Fairley and/or Marcell Dareus. Quinn should be drafted by the Denver Broncos (No. 2) or the Cincinnati Bengals (No. 4). If the Buffalo Bills (No. 3) believe Quinn can make the transition to 3-4 outside linebacker, he very well could be their choice.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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