The Rams stayed put at their 14th pick in the 1st round of the 2011 NFL draft watching WRs and QBs fly off the board, knowing a great defensive lineman would drop to their position. And Robert Quinn, the player with the highest upside as a pass rusher was available and the Rams made him their pick.
After the jump – check out the scouting reports and videos on Quinn.
Positives: Athletic… Good agility… Very good speed… Good length and long arms… Very solid pass rusher… Extremely good initial burst… Fires off the ball… Good acceleration… Gets after the quarterback… Can collapse the pocket… Solid rip and spin moves… Good closing speed
Quinn is a terrific pass rusher who has the athleticism and potential to be a nightmare for NFL quarterbacks. When rushing, he uses a good mix of different techniques from the rip to the club to help him edge past offensive tackles and get to the passer. His speed is good enough for him to slide around the outside of tackles, but he also has the strength and quickness to force his way to the quarterback on the inside.
Pass rush: Shows signs of being a very good edge rusher. Is very good at getting his shoulder down, bending his knees and working around the outside. Lined up at every game in 2009 at right end, which is impressive for a sophomore. Needs to develop a counter move to go with a terrific outside rip move.
Pursuit: Has shown the agility to move around and isn’t just a straight forward pass rusher. Doesn’t look stiff in the hips and is flexible in the torso. Plays with a lot of effort, so pursuit isn’t a question. Has the kind of quickness to break to the outside to beat offensive tackles to the inside.
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Here are the videos!