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Richard Quinn (TE)
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 264
Conference: ACC
Hometown: Maple Heights, OH
High School: Maple Heights
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Selected by: Denver Broncos
Round: 2
Pick (Overall): 32 (64)
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Pick Analysis: The Broncos bypass some intriguing tight end prospects to pick up Quinn. While he's regarded as one of the best in-line blockers at the position, Quinn tallied only 12 receptions in his career. With Daniel Graham and Tony Scheffler on the roster, Quinn will spend his initial season serving as an extra tight end in the Broncos' jumbo sets.
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Overview

With only 12 career receptions for 124 yards and two touchdowns, Quinn's value lies in his blocking. Nicknamed "Big Rich," he plays up to his moniker, giving the Tar Heels essentially another offensive tackle at the line of scrimmage. With many of today's NFL offenses preferring receiving specialists at tight end, Quinn could still be waiting to hear his name called late in the draft. However, there are always teams on the lookout for physical run blockers capable of sneaking off the line of scrimmage for short-yardage passes. In this capacity, Quinn could find a niche in the pros. Had an arm span of 33 1/2 inches and a hand span of 9 1/2 inches at the combine.


High School

Ranked the No. 15 tight end in the country by Rivals.com ... Member of SuperPrep's All-Midwest Team ... Two-time all-conference and all-district selection ... Led Maple Heights to a 10-2 record and a berth in the playoffs as a senior ... Team offensive MVP ... Had 32 catches for 468 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior ... Caught 12 passes for 254 yards and one touchdown as a junior ... Coached by Jeff Rotsky ... Played two seasons at Butler High School in Huntsville, Ala., before moving to Ohio during his sophomore year ... Also played basketball and was the top rebounder in the conference in 2004.


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Analysis

Positives: Naturally large man with a powerful upper and lower body. Good initial quickness off the snap to gain an advantage as a run blocker. Good hand placement and upper body strength to pop the defender. Plays with leverage. Can get under the pads of the defender and drive him off the line of scrimmage. Has the phone booth quickness to get to the second level and shows at least adequate lateral quickness to block in space. Uses his big frame to shield defenders from the ball as a receiver. At least marginal hands for the reception. Gets low and can run through arm-tackles to gain positive yardage after the reception.


Negatives: Lacks the straight-line speed to be more than a short-range target in the passing game. Lumbers off the snap, and lacks the quick feet to consistently gain separation as a route-runner. Has to gather himself and too often rounds off his routes. Lacks the flexibility to consistently make receptions outside of his frame. Requires a Combine check on his shoulder; missed the entire 2006 season after fracturing his right shoulder blade in August 2006.


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