Appalachian State wide receiver Brian Quick possesses a wealth of talent and athleticism wrapped in a veil of raw potential. His 2012 NFL Draft stock will depend on how willing teams are to take a chance on this high-upside, small-school product.
Quick caught 71 balls for 1,096 yards and 11 scoring strikes in 2011. The senior receiver wrapped up his collegiate career with as the school's all-time leader in receptions (202), receiving yards (3,418) and touchdown receptions (31).
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- Ideal size (6-foot-3 1/2, 220 pounds) - athletic with a muscular build
- Dangerous in the open field - elusive, strong and fast enough for his size (4.55-second 40-yard dash time)
- Body control and field awareness
- Hard worker - competitive spirit
- Willing blocker with the strength to be great
- Insane level of upside
- Downfield threat - tracks the ball well over his shoulder
- Red zone presence - size plus a 34-inch vertical jump
- Massive wingspan - 34 1/4-inch arms
- Beats jams at the line with consistency
- Quite raw - definitely a project that could become a star with proper coaching
- Drops far too many passes - mental lapses and smallish hands (9 3/4 inches) for his size
- Extremely unpolished as a route runner
- Poor technique as a blocker
- Primarily played against inferior competition
- Struggles to read defenses
- Slow off the line - needs space to build speed
Expected draft placement
Quick is deserving of a third-round grade, but his potential alone could thrust him into the high second round. Recent reports have tied the Houston Texans to him at No. 26 overall, but that seems improbable considering the likelihood of more well-rounded, refined wideouts that should be available at that time.
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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