Will The Top Playmaker, Please Stand Up?

Photo Credit to ASU athletics/Keith Cline

Let’s play a game, I’m going to describe one of the top WR’s in this draft class and I want you to try and guess who he is.

He plays in a predominantly run oriented offense, but despite that he has accumulated over 2,000 career receiving yards, and over 150 receptions. Any guesses yet?

He’s stands taller than 6’1, and runs between the 4.4 and 4.6 range in the 40. His body type has been termed as ‘NFL Ready’ and he weighs north of 200 lbs.

Still no guesses…? Ok here are your final clues, this WR averages the most yards per catch over his entire career at 17.1, and has the 2nd highest Catch:TD ratio of any of the top WR’s, with a TD catch every 6.6 receptions.

If you guessed Michael Floyd, Juron Criner, Dwight Jones, Jeff Fuller, Nick Toon, or Alshon Jeffrey I’m sorry to say that’s incorrect. It’s also not Justin Blackmon who is only 6’1 or Ryan Broyles who weighs in at 187 lbs. So if it’s not those eight guys then who is it?

Well if the picture above didn’t give away then please allow me to introduce you to the best WR in the country that nobody is talking about, his name is Brian Quick and he plays at Appalachian State.

Quick stands at 6’5, 220 lbs, he towers over most of the CB’s who have to try and cover him and he’s able to make moves with his body that athletically speaking people that size shouldn’t be able to make.

Quick was a standout basketball player in HS, he actually only played one season of HS football before landing at Appalachian State. One of the things that attracted Appalachian State’s coaching staff to recruit Quick was that kind of size and leaping ability combined in one player.

Quick was also a very good high jumper at Ridge View HS in South Carolina. His ability to go up and get the ball is further enhanced by his height and long arms. So what do you do against a 6’5 WR who can jump out of the stadium and has incredible reach? We don’t know but we know 32 NFL defensive coordinators that are not looking forward to finding out.

Earlier this week our Scouting Director Matthew Elder got the opportunity to talk about Quick (and other prospects) with Dan Kadar from Mocking The Draft. His basic point about Quick is that what we do know is that he’s a WR who can make big plays happen down the field. He is an experienced blocker coming from a run dominant system, and he has very strong hands.

The 40 time of Brian Quick will become one of the most hotly debated topics once the all-star circuit rolls around and people get to see this guy against FBS level competition. Most of the estimated times are in the high 4.5’s to low 4.6’s.

A slower 40 time could potentially hurt Quick’s stock and raise questions about his ability to get separation against NFL caliber CB’s. Also because of Appalachian State’s system he has an under developed route tree, which doesn’t help mask concerns about his speed.  

It is true and worth mentioning that separation becomes less of an issue when you’re dealing with a player who you can just throw it up to. His size advantage does create its own separation, however it’s still something to consider when looking into Quick.

We think that Quick will become one of the hottest names in draft circles once the all-star circuits begin and as of today we would project Quick to go in the top 100.

For those that are interested in the full set of numbers here they are;

 

Name

Year

Receptions

Yards

TD’s

Rec:TD YPC
Brian Quick

2008

23

496

7

3.3

21.6

 

2009

61

982

4

15.3

16.1

 

2010

47

844

9

5.2

18.0

 

2011

34

515

5

6.8

15.1

 

Career

165

2837

25

6.6

17.2

Justin Blackmon

2009

20

260

2

10.0

13.0

 

2010

111

1782

20

5.6

16.1

 

2011

83

608

7

11.9

7.3

 

Career

214

2650

29

7.4

12.4

Ryan Broyles

2008

46

687

6

7.7

14.9

 

2009

89

1120

15

5.9

12.6

 

2010

131

1622

14

9.4

12.4

 

2011

60

815

9

6.7

13.6

 

Career

326

4244

44

7.4

13.0

Michael Floyd

2008

48

719

7

6.9

15.0

 

2009

49

795

9

5.4

16.2

 

2010

79

1025

12

6.6

13.0

 

2011

53

639

4

13.3

12.1

 

Career

229

3178

32

7.2

13.9

Alshon Jeffrey

2009

46

763

6

7.7

16.6

 

2010

88

1517

9

9.8

17.2

 

2011

30

451

5

6.0

15.0

 

Career

164

2731

20

8.2

16.7

Jeff Fuller

2008

50

630

9

5.6

12.6

 

2009

41

568

7

5.9

13.9

 

2010

72

1066

12

6.0

14.8

 

2011

32

351

2

16.0

11.0

 

Career

195

2615

30

6.5

13.4

Dwight Jones

2009

5

21

0

N/A

4.2

 

2010

62

946

4

15.5

15.3

 

2011

46

687

8

5.8

14.9

 

Career

113

1654

12

9.4

14.6

Nick Toon

2008

17

257

1

17.0

15.1

 

2009

54

805

4

13.5

14.9

 

2010

36

459

3

12.0

12.8

 

2011

25

447

6

4.2

17.9

 

Career

132

1968

14

9.4

14.9

Juron Criner

2008

7

88

1

7.0

12.6

 

2009

45

582

9

5.0

12.9

 

2010

82

1233

11

7.5

15.0

 

2011

26

340

3

8.7

13.1

 

Career

160

2243

24

6.7

14.0

 

 

 

 

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