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2012 Fantasy Spotlight: Brian Quick, WR, St. Louis Rams

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Jonathan Bales

I just posted a scouting report and fantasy analysis of former Appalachian State wide receiver Brian Quick over at Roto Experts.

At 6’4”, 220 pounds, Quick is a monster. He’s got the type of size you covet in a No. 1 receiver, and he uses that length well. Quick plucks the ball out of the air with his long arms, always giving the quarterback a huge target. He’s really a natural hands catcher. Quick hasn’t had problems getting off press coverage, using his length to maintain separation once he beats the cornerback.

Quick’s 4.55 40-yard dash time at the Combine is a really solid number for someone his size. It takes Quick some time to get going, however, and he has more speed than quickness (ironically). Quick plays with natural balance (check out the 47-second mark below) although, he can get high in his routes at times.

Because of his skill set, Quick is unlikely to play in the slot. He’s a prototypical “X” receiver, but he’s still a good bet to garner a lot of receptions. Quick has extensive experience catching screens at Appalachian State (see the 58-second mark), and adequate athleticism to make things happen after the catch.

One of Quick’s biggest weaknesses right now is that I don’t see him running the entire route tree. On in-breaking routes, Quick is sensational. He can take a slant or dig and get up field in a hurry. On routes that Quick must break down quickly, such as comebacks and curls, he struggles. I’m not sure he has the change-of-direction ability to consistently beat NFL cornerbacks on these routes.

If you play fantasy football, Quick offers intriguing upside in keeper leagues. Actually, he might make an impact in 2012 as the Rams’ probable top receiving threat.

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