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The Road to the Draft: DE Robert Quinn


Robert Quinn, North Carolina
6-foot-5, 265 pounds
Draft projection: first round

Lowdown: Quinn might be a top-five pick if he had not missed the entire 2010 season due to the North Carolina agent scandal. He was ruled ineligible by the NCAA for accepting $5,600 in benefits, including two diamond watches. As it is, he probably will be gone by the 12th pick. In 2009, he had 11 sacks and 19 tackles for loss. He’s probably better suited to a 4-3 defense. Quinn has the rare ability to dip low, get under the offensive tackle and make a speed move around the edge. It would have been much better for NFL scouts to see him one more season. In 2009, six of his 11 sacks came in two games against weaker teams (Duke and Virginia). … Quinn also had surgery to remove a brain tumor five years ago, while in high school. He has had no problem since the surgery.

Quote: “The tumor really made me appreciate just the little things in life. Don't take anything for granted. Live life to the fullest. And the suspension really made me mature and watch the people who come around me, (see) if they're really in the best interest for me or what I can do for them or what they want from me. So really just watch my surroundings or people I bring around me.”

---Mark Gaughan


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