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Prospect Profiles: Brian Quick

BRIAN QUICK, WR, APPALACHIAN STATE

TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 6-3, 220, 4.55

SCOUTING REPORTS:

NFP:

He’s a big, coordinated receiver who builds speed as he goes and showcases some short area quickness as a route runner.

Quick is a former prep basketball stud, who played only one year of football in high school before signing with Appalachian State and his coordination on the hardwood certainly carries over to the gridiron. He does a nice job off the line setting up defenders, maintaining proper balance, using his long arms to keep himself clean and exhibiting a burst into his route. Gets upright a bit when trying to side step defenders and needs to play lower, but the length and quickness is there. He’s also natural going up and extending his arms for the football down the field and is the kind of big target quarterbacks love to throw at.

Most impressively about his game was his overall balance/coordination as a route runner, especially on sharply breaking routes. Quick not only displayed nice coordination for a bigger wide out, but for a wide out without a ton of experience. He exhibits the skill set to sink his hips and cleanly get out of his breaks with a sudden snap to his game.

Now, he’s still not the most explosive of straight-line targets and vertically he’s never going to be a guy who is going to separate a ton. He builds speed as he goes, but plays like a high 4.5 guy and doesn’t have the burst to simply run away from defenders. Even on the post or corner route he is always a guy who is going to have to box out defenders and go pluck the football. However, that certainly is one of his strengths.

Impression: Exhibits natural athleticism, coordination and some burst as a route runner. Has some upside to his game, but reminds me some of a Ramses Barden type prospect. A big guy who can adjust, but is never going to separate much out of his breaks in the NFL.

NFL’s Future:

Hands:  For a guy with limited time playing the sport he has soft hands and does a nice job of keeping the ball out of his chest.  He has a huge wingspan which equates to a giant catching radius.  His ability to high point the ball and out leap defenders.

Route Running:  Quick is a competent route runner but runs mostly vertically in Appalachian State’s offense.  His limited route tree in college may equate to a lot of time spent on learning NFL route systems through much of training camp.  New to the game, he doesn’t yet possess the football IQ to be effective against zone coverage and hasn’t developed instincts to find openings as he relies on his physical gifts to win matchups.

After the Catch:  Quick is a big target that doesn’t have top level agility or speed.  At Appalachian he was able to make people miss in the open field and generally was effective after the catch.  In the NFL he may struggle a little early on but has a big enough body that he could create tackling nightmares in the open field.  Despite not having great speed he gets open downfield with consistency and is a big play threat.    

Athleticism:  Quick played basketball most of his life and is still relatively new to the game.  He won’t blow anyone away with his straight line speed but you don’t see him getting caught from behind.  He’s an excellent leaper that should win in most all jump ball situations and should be an immediate redzone threat.

Bottom Line:  Brian Quick is a high risk/high reward type guy that will probably go early in the draft.  He has drawn comparisons to Brandon Marshall without all the off-the-field issues.  His combination of size, strength, and athletic ability should make him an interesting target for teams in need of a big receiver.  He’s a big play waiting to happen in the vertical passing game and if he figures out how to play the position, watch out.

Buffalo Bills Draft:

Strengths:

A big, physical WR… uses his size and physical ability to make plays deep down the field… excellent athlete who has a long stride…he’s able to eat up cushions in zone coverage…Tracks the ball very well over his shoulder…has excellent body control in the air to adjust to balls that are off target…NFL ready body…was a dominant player at the FCS level, was often uncoverable and made difficult catches often look routine…a better blocker than most WR coming out…Appalachian State offensive system forced him to learn how to block down the field.

Weaknesses:

Spent majority of his career playing in a run oriented option system…has a very under developed route tree…excels at deeper routes but often struggles getting proper depth in the intermediate zone…despite size advantage he struggles to get off press coverage…needs to learn how to use his hands and long arms to keep CB’s off of him…doesn’t have elite top end speed…takes a few strides to get up to full speed…not as smooth as you would hope for coming into and out of his breaks…too often he lets the ball get into his body.

VIDEO:

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Brian Quick is a big, physical, but raw wide receiver prospect. Athletic. Can jump. Good blocker.Productive. Will be a weapon in the red zone. Only started playing football his senior year of high school. Played at a lower level of competition in a run-oriented system. Is very raw. Needs a crash course in route running and reading NFL defenses. May require time. Quick has the skill set to be a dominant wideout, someone who can play on the outside and run vertically as well as crossing the field. But he’s raw. He would probably benefit from a redshirt year, where he can learn. And the Giants need wideouts now. But Quick is dripping with upside and talent, and the Giants aren’t so desperate that they can’t afford to wait. They can. In the 3rd round, it’s similar to Ramses Barden, but Quick is faster than Barden and is more coordinated. I think he’s worth the risk.

PREVIOUS PROFILES:

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BJ Coleman

RB:

David Wilson

LaMichael James

Chris Polk

Robert Turbin

Vick Ballard

Doug Martin

WR:

Juron Criner

Marvin McNutt

Tommy Streeter

AJ Jenkins

Ryan Broyles

TE:

Coby Fleener

Dwayne Allen

Ladarius Green

Orson Charles

Michael Egnew

OT:

Mitchell Schwartz

Mike Adams

Zerbie Sanders

Bobby Massie

Andrew Datko

OG:

Cordy Glenn

Brandon Washington

Kelechi Osemele

Brandon Brooks

Kevin Zeitler

C:

Peter Konz

DE:

Malik Jackson

Chandler Jones

Whitney Mercilus

Andre Branch

Jake Bequette

DT:

DaJohn Harris

Mike Martin

Billy Winn

Jerel Worthy

Marcus Forston

LB:

Luke Keuchly

Zach Brown

Lavonte David

James-Michael Johnson

Sean Spence

Keenan Robinson

Bobby Wagner

CB:

Casey Hayward

Brandon Boykin

Chase Minnifield

Josh Robinson

Josh Norman

Janoris Jenkins

S:

George Iloka

Harrison Smith

Mark Barron

Antonio Allen

Markelle Martin


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2 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: Brian Quick”

  1. Big Daddy says:

    He’s one of my Giants draft hopefuls, I think he fills a lot of needs in terms of the back end in the passing game. Is he another Ramses or does he make the grade that for some reason Ramses Barden has not.

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