The NFL draft is just days away, and by this point each player has been analyzed, scrutinized, and romanticized by every NFL guru from Kalamazoo to Calcutta. We here at pigskinpress.com turn once again to our director of scouting Nathan Cooper to help us look deeper into the draft at some guys from the group of five that may be a real steal on draft day!
National all-time high school career leader in receiving yards with 6,566
Lettered in baseball and was All-District in high school
Character – A
Medical – A
2017 – Injured right hamstring against UCF
Good route runner
Able gain separation
Good speed in and out of breaks
Mediocre blocking skills
Slow off the LOS at times
Lacked NFL route tree
Quinn projects as a solid #3 receiver at the next level. He is the prototypical slot receiver that also has the size and ability to play on the outside. At SMU, he played all over the field and rarely ran a route from the same position two plays in a row. He played one season at SMU after transferring from LSU. He is a quick-twitch athlete that shows competitiveness on every route. He brings toughness to the table, but in certain situations. In the run game, he isn’t a great blocker and doesn’t show much toughness in his willingness to block. He tries to run off defenders more than just trying to square them up and make a block. When he’s about to run a route, he flies off the LOS, but when he’s about to block or run off a defender, he comes off the ball much slower. He’ll put full effort into blocks now and again, but still isn’t too effective. In the passing game, he is the prototypical slot receiver with the versatility to play anywhere on the field. He has excellent hands and rarely drops a pass. He uses his hands to catch all balls unless it’s required to box out and use his body. He makes catches in traffic and has great awareness around the sideline. He brings good play speed and displays good acceleration in and out of his breaks. He releases with ease off the LOS and can put moves on defenders to create more separation. He is a good route runner with good spatial awareness, but didn’t run many routes consistently that he’ll be asked to do at the next level. He will make plays and some circus catches now and then, but most of his plays aren’t flashy. Quinn brings great concentration and instincts to the receiver position. He could line up outside on first and second down every few possessions, but will definitely be on the field in the slot on 3rd downs. He has return experience both as a kick returner and punt returner. He should come in right away and battle for playing time out of the slot and contribute in the return game before garnering the starting slot role with some early-down plays mixed in by year two.
NFL Comparison: Cole Beasley, Cowboys (Undrafted, 2012) Quinn and Beasley play very similarly on the field. They both use their hands to pluck the ball out of the air and show good route running and separation from the slot, but don’t bring much to the table as blockers. Both guys come from the SMU air raid offense and the only glaring difference really being size in that Quinn is built much larger with about four inches on Beasley.
Grade: 6.4 (Late 2nd-Early 3rd)
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