While Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers seems to be stealing all the headlines for defensive players in the 2011 NFL Draft class, North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn has gone under the radar. Until now.
On Wednesday April 6 national conference call, Pro Football Weekly draft expert Nolan Nawrocki talked about many topics, to reporters on the call, including Quinn.
Nawrocki said that NFL teams are being very cautious of Quinn since he has “red flags” just like Bowers does. Quinn’s concerns deal more with his medical history, the fact he missed the entire 2010 college season due to taking illegal benefits and his Pro Day performance was nothing to shout out about.
Also, Nawrocki said Quinn has “learning concerns,” though no further details were said about this.
As of right now, Quinn is trending to be the top defensive end picked on draft day and his draft stock benefiting all the bad press surrounding Bowers.
He has seen to be moving up in first round mocks across the ‘Net, especially in lieu of Bowers’ recent surgery news, but it remains to be seen if he is yet a Top 10 pick due to all of his concerns Nawrocki listed on the conference call.
Despite not playing this past season, Quinn has 11 sacks as a sophomore in 2009 and could be a great fit for a team in need of added pass rush talent. Quinn is said to be a fit in either a 4-3 defensive scheme as a defensive end or in a 3-4 scheme as an outside linebacker.