2012 Rookie WRs: Brian Quick, St. Louis Rams
By Jeff Tefertiller
August 1st, 2012

Strengths: Another big, fast, athletic specimen. Quick's speed allows him to get down the field in a hurry as he quickly eats up the cornerback's cushion. He moves well for a big receiver and can be explosive after the catch. Quick is raw but has big upside if he can develop.

Weaknesses: Quick was able to beat defenses in college (FCS level) with his athletic ability, so he was not required to improve his footwork or route running. He was simply able to run by defenders. Given his lack of polish, inconsistent hands should not be a surprise. For a player of his size (6'3", 220 pounds), Quick is surprisingly weak physically. This was evidenced by his meager showing in the NFL combine bench press with just 15 reps. A strong offseason with the Rams could remedy these issues.

2012 Outlook: Quick was drafted into a great situation for fantasy owners. St. Louis has no veteran receivers to threaten Quick's hold on a starting job. Even though he may not be drafted high in many leagues, Quick could easily score points like a fantasy starter with a healthy Sam Bradford calling the plays. Watch the preseason games for Quick's role and ability to get open against professional defensive backs.

Dynasty Outlook: St. Louis coveted Quick and took him with the first pick in the second day of the NFL draft even though the team had multiple offers to trade back. The Rams love his upside. But, Quick's dynasty outlook will be determined by his ability to improve in his route running and reading defenses. He is a polarizing player in dynasty circles.

NFL Comparison: Many want to compare Quick to Terrell Owens, whom the 49ers took in the third round years ago, but Quick was drafted with much higher expectations. In Detroit, Roy Williams is a comparable player - even though from a big school - as he was drafted into a great situation, able to make a splash mainly due to his major role in the Lion offense, and has been maddening since due to his inconsistency and lack of improvement. Williams and Quick are similar in size, and both are good athletes who are great against lesser corners yet struggle versus the better defenders.

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