Stars are often made at the Senior Bowl as NFL hopefuls get one more chance to play a against the top seniors in college football. This week in Mobile, Ala., there is a very real chance plenty of people will see a relatively unknown star shine on a national stage.
Appalachian State wide receiver Brian Quick has made huge strides since his first days on the football field, which was not that long ago.
“He is a guy who came a long way since his freshman year,” said JBScouting.com analyst Josh Buchanan, who specializes in scouting FCS programs. “He was so raw when he got to App because he only played one year in high school. He has become more polished, a good route runner, and is fast for a guy his size. He has great hands and uses his body well. There are no deficiencies in his game.”
Quick did not receive any Division 1 scholarship offers out of Ridge View High School in Columbia, S.C. However, he would go on to accept a scholarship to Appalachian State where he grew leaps and bounds each season.
For one of those seasons, former Baltimore Ravens tight end Dan Wilcox coached at Appalachian State and offered his take on Quick.
“I told everybody when I was at App State, if they are looking for a receiver that is going to outwork everybody on the field, somebody that has an outstanding work ethic, get Brian Quick,” said Wilcox, an eight-year NFL veteran. “Having played in the league, scouts will ask me if he is something special?”
Wilcox’s did not hesitate with his response.
“Absolutely,” he said. “Brian has everything a team needs. Whatever he is not doing, it’s just because he hasn’t been taught it yet. He learns quick and he picks things up fast. He was my best student at App State.”
That talent will be on display all week long at the Senior Bowl in what will be a huge opportunity for Quick. Yet, he has maintained a very humble and workmanlike approach leading up to this all-important time.
“I’m looking at it like a job interview,” said Quick. “I don’t have to get drafted. I want to, but I don’t have to. I’m going in there and I’m going to show people who I am and what I can do, no matter what.”
The stars look to be aligning for Quick as he will head down to Mobile already held in very high regard by many.
“I don’t see any way he falls out of the second round with a good showing at the Senior Bowl,” said Buchanan. “Some teams have him as high as the late first round.”