Thursday, April 28, 2011

The St. Louis Rams select: Robert Quinn North Carolina

The pick has been made, and the speculations as well as the mock drafts are both a thing of the past. The Rams made it official by selecting star defensive end Robert Quinn No. 14 overall.

Quinn (6’4” 265 pounds) was a two year player for the North Carolina Tar Heels. He recorded 11 sacks and 35 solo tackles in 2009, and 2 sacks with 22 solo tackles in 2008.
Quinn did not play in 2010, as he was among a handful of Tar Heel players suspended for the season by the NCAA for illegal interactions with agents. Quinn might have been considered the best defensive lineman of the entire draft class had he played in 2010.  

He is a great fit for the Rams, as Chris Long has the left-defensive end spot nailed down, but the team has still been looking for a long term right-defensive end. The right end faces the quarterback’s blindside, so they are typically athletic freaks that can spin move and bull rush their way to the quarterback. According to scouting reports, Quinn will be able to do that very well. 

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