2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Robert Quinn
Robert Quinn was one of several North Carolina players suspended for the entire 2010 season and declared “permanently ineligible” by the NCAA for receiving improper benefits from an agent.
While the suspension may have hurt the draft stock of defensive tackle Marvin Austin, Quinn, in the eyes of many, remains a likely high-to mid-first round draft pick.
As a sophomore in 2009, he recorded 19 tackles for loss and 11 sacks, and was close to taking home ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Player Name: Robert Quinn
Position: Defensive End/Outside Linebacker
School: North Carolina
Quinn’s athleticism is what will likely make pro scouts drool over his potential. His quick first step off the snap makes it tough for blockers to react in time to stop him, making him effective against both the run and the pass. We touched above on how productive a player he was as a sophomore, so it would only make sense for him to continue to improve as he matures physically and mentally. Sitting out for an entire season isn’t expected to have much of an impact at all on his physical tools. Quinn’s combination of size and speed makes him somewhat comparable to guys like Mario Williams and Julius Peppers. The sky is the limit for him, and he still has plenty of room for growth.
At 260 pounds, Quinn could stand to put some more weight onto his frame. At his current size, he’s too small to have much success as a defensive end in the NFL, which is where he most likely will play. At this point, he lacks the coverage skills necessary to effectively play outside linebacker. He isn’t the most physical player, so he often relies too much on his great speed to get past his man. He’ll struggle against big NFL offensive linemen until he gains that strength and is able to develop a bull rush technique to add to his arsenal.
Unlike his former Carolina teammate Marvin Austin, Quinn’s draft stock doesn’t appear to have taken much of a hit despite missing the entire 2010 season. In his most recent three round mock draft, Keet Bailey has Quinn going 16th overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars. If he performs well at the combine and in his other workouts, don’t be surprised to see his stock rise even more. Many will be eager to see how he performs after missing an entire season’s worth of football activities.
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