Drew Boylhart February 2008
Quentin Groves   DE/LB   Auburn

STRENGTHS
Quentin can be a dominating OLB/DE for the team that drafts him.  He is quick, fast and shows excellent instincts and leverage when playing against the run as well as rushing the passer.  He has excellent strength and is a good tackler.  Quentin is a relentless football player and reminds me a lot of Julian Peterson (LB Seattle Seahawks) and Dwight Freeney (DE Indianapolis Colts).   Before Julian got injured (with the 49ers), you could not block him.  Quentin has that same type of athletic talent, instincts, speed, quickness, intelligence and strength.  Quentin is quicker than an annoyed housewife flipping through the newspaper looking for a coupon, trying to convince her husband to buy some new jewelry.   Iím calling him Quentin (Coupon) Groves because when you draft him your going to get excellent value for your draft choice just like when you use a coupon to buy expensive jewelry.               
 
NEEDS TO IMPROVE
If Quentin had not gotten a foot injury this year, I believe he would have been a top ten talent in this draft.  A foot injury can sometimes be very hard to come back from, which could be a chronic problem.  If the doctors say this kid is all right then someone is going to get a top ten talent later in the draft.  He is a sleeper right now.  Of course he will need time to develop his LB skills because his college program used him mostly as a pass rushing/backfield disrupter.
 
TALENT BOARD ROUND 1
I had to go back to my tapes of Quentin in his junior year to get a better read on this kid and to remind me just how talented he is.  I believe Quentin might be an excellent blind side DE in a 4-3 just like Dwight Freeney of the Colts but believe me, he could also be an OLB in a 3-4 defense or a WLB in a 4-3 defense.   He has multiple talents and if he is over his foot injury, he will be one of the steals of this draft even if he is taken later in the 1st round.  Quentin will need time to develop his LB skills if the team that drafts him uses him as an WLB in a 4-3 defense, but it should only take about half of the first season before the fans see the benefit of this kidís talent in a defense like that.  If Quentin can work out at the combine without any problems, you might see him challenge to be listed in the top fifteen and as soon as the top ten players are picked, Quentin has a chance of being drafted at any time in this draft.  The key for Quentin will be how well he is coming off that foot injury.   For Quentin, his workouts will be everything because his talents are without question.  Like I said, Iím calling him Quentin (Coupon) Graves because as long as his foot is ok, youíre going to get a steal when your team drafts him.  It doesnít get any better than that!