One of the strongest positions in the 2012 draft is WR, fortunate for the Colts with their deficiencies at the position. Currently, the top three receivers on the Colts roster are Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie, and Blair White. The Colts lack a true #1 receiver, with Wayne on his downside, Collie having a secure spot in the slot, and White being, well, Blair White. So, the Colts will almost certainly will be targeting a potential starting receiver in the first four rounds of the draft. Round three in particular contains several possible targets for the Colts, and so, our round three coverage has focused on such players. Today’s profile is no different, this time targeting the hyper-athletic Brian Quick, star wide receiver from Appalachian State University.
- Elite size and strength, measuring in at 6’4″ and 222 lbs.
- Has big hands (9 3/4″) and the ability to make spectacular catches
- Former basketball player and high jumper, aiding him in being tremendous at jump balls. Can track the ball in the air well, and uses fantastic body control to adjust to poor throws
- Very good blocker
- Doesn’t have blazing speed (like Stephen Hill), but isn’t slow either, with deceptive game speed
- Played in run-first system, doesn’t have vast experience in route running
- Lacks explosiveness and technique to consistently create separation
- Played in FCS, hasn’t faced elite competition
How He Fits With the Colts
Quick is another project receiver for the Colts, a player with unique genetic advantages with his fantastic size, but is a question mark in the technical aspects of wide receiver. The same questions remain for Quick that are there for most super-athletic WRs. Can he develop as a route runner? Can he increase his ability to read zone coverages and beat man-to-man corners?
Quick has all of the physical tools to succeed in the NFL, but his lack of experience against elite competition and inexperience in route running is certainly a big question mark. Nevertheless, you can’t teach that kind of size and athleticism. While the technical aspects can be taught, if Quick is willing and the new coaching staff are good teachers, the size and leaping ability of Quick sets him apart from the competition. All reports are that Quick has no character issues whatsoever, and would be more than willing to learn.
For the Colts, if they are looking for a receiver to pair with Reggie Wayne who is a good athlete and has the potential for big plays, then Brian Quick is a decent target in the third round of the draft. Personally, I’d like to see them go with a receiver with a little more speed (like Stephen Hill) if they choose to go with the hyper-athlete, but Hill may not fall to their second round pick, much less their third.
Quick received a medical redshirt during his freshman year (2007) due to a back injury that caused him to miss the majority of the season, but that seems to have left no lingering issues.
40 yard dash: 4.55 seconds (unofficial 4.51) (tied for 26th among WRs)
Bench Press: 15 repetitions (tied for 18th among WRs)
Vertical Jump: 34 inches (tied for 26th among WRs)
Broad Jump: 119 inches (tied for 21st among WRs)
Three Cone Drill: 7.10 seconds (tied for 22nd among WRs)
20-yard shuffle: 4.23 seconds (tied for 19th among WRs)