Published November 20, 2014
So many of the descriptions of Appalachian State wide receiver Brian Quick are that he is a raw player with outstanding potential.
Well, the St. Louis Rams think he isn't far from maximizing his skills. The NFC West club selected Quick with the first pick of the second round of the NFL Draft Friday night with the 33rd overall selection.
He is the highest pick ever from Appalachian State, surpassing linebacker Dino Hackett, who held the distinction for 26 years after the Kansas City Chiefs selected him with the 35th overall pick in the second round of the 1986 NFL Draft.
Quick is still developing his skills considering he didn't start playing football until his senior year of high school, having been a former basketball player and high jumper.
"He will be fast-tracked by that coaching staff ...," NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said during the draft.
The 6-foot-3 1/2, 220-pound Quick, from Columbia, S.C., rose quickly during his career at Appalachian state. He set school records in receptions (202), receiving yards (3,418) and touchdown catches (31), collecting 71 receptions for 1,096 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior while becoming a Walter Payton Award finalist.
Quick is ASU's 23rd all-time NFL Draft pick and the seventh in the last five years He is considered a terrific boundary receiver, and capable of developing into a red-zone threat with his good size and a 34-inch vertical leap.
The Rams later selected another FCS player, Montana cornerback Trumaine Johnson, with the second pick of the third round of the draft - the 65th overall pick.