Rams make Quick highest draft pick in ASU history
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
That pick, the first one of the second round, makes Quick the highest drafted player in Appalachian State history. Quick went two picks before linebacker Dino Hackett was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the 35th overall selection in 1988.
The Rams, who finished 2-14 last season, selected Quick after finishing 30th in passing in the NFL. They traded down five picks with the Chicago Bears to select running back Isaiah Pead in the third round to add more offensive firepower to an offense that struggled in 2011.
Looking to give quarterback Sam Bradford more weapons to work with, St. Louis also drafted Wake Forest receiver Chris Givens with the first pick of the fourth round.
Quick (6-foot-4, 222 pounds) already made history at ASU by setting career records of 202 receptions for 3,418 yards and 31 touchdowns. Last season, Quick led the Mountaineers in receiving with 71 passes for 1,096 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The St. Louis Dispatch said the Rams were so sold on Quick, that they did not entertain offers to trade the pick. Quick underwent an undisclosed workout with the Rams last week in Boone, and said during a teleconference call Friday that it went well.
“Oh yeah, I mean it was real fast,” Quick said from his home in Columbia, S.C. “They had me run a couple routes. They wanted to see exactly what I could really do — see if I improved from the combine and the Senior Bowl, things like that, with my routes.
“It was a great workout. The coaches came in to see me run and see basically how conditioned I was (and) to see how I catch the ball. I mean it was a great workout. I enjoyed it with them. I love the coaching staff and it was an exciting moment for me, for them to come down to App and work me out.”
Quick said that he was “honored” to be introduced by former Rams receivers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt when the Rams made the pick.
“Oh man, it was an honor. It was an honor,” Quick said “I just feel like, they passed on the torch. It's just like they're just like, ‘Look, you have to handle the business,' basically that's what they were saying. And I feel like I have a lot to do and I have a lot to. I know I have to just take over, or not take over, but just be the best that I can be at wide receiver.”
No other Appalachian State player was drafted. Quick is the seventh Mountaineer drafted in the last five years.
Three Appalachian State players — linebacker D.J. Smith (Green Bay), guard Daniel Kilgore (San Francisco) and Mark LeGree (Seattle) were picked.
Smith and Kilgore made the final cut, but LeGree was released. He was eventually picked up by San Francisco.
There are currently eight Appalachian State players on NFL rosters. Jason Hunter (Denver), Dexter Jackson (New York Jets), Corey Lynch (Tampa Bay) and Armanti Edwards (Carolina) are also on rosters, though Lynch is an unrestricted free agent.