Quinton has the size to play his position at the next level. He shows in his workouts to possess good quickness and change of direction skills. He shows in his workouts to have great overall athletic ability. He is a two-deep zone safety that has zone coverage skills and does a decent job tackling in the open field when he is forced to. If Quinton keeps the play in front of him, he does a decent job defending. At the college level, he was an average football player. However, I'm sure (because of his workout numbers) some coach will think he can mold Quinton into a Pro Bowl safety for the next level. I just don't think that is going to happen.
I don't see Quinton playing special teams. He gives up on plays that are behind him and does not give any effort on running down plays from behind. His takes a lot of false steps and is fooled by play action. He gets caught all the time looking for the big play. Quinton is an average college safety who lacks football intelligence and instincts. But, he does have the workout numbers to be drafted and he looks the part.
I don't know what to tell you. I hear all the media talking about this kid, so I look at his workout numbers and think, "Wow! This kid must be pretty good." Then, I turn on the tape and I wonder why anyone thinks this kid can be anything other than nickel-dime backup material. Quinton is not even a consistent tackler. He shows marginal leadership qualities, if any at all. So I ask myself after listening to all the experts, "Where is the film they are watching to form their opinions of Quinton? Where is the film of Quinton making plays all over the field?" I would like to know, because I don't have it. In a bit of defense of Quinton, I will add that, perhaps because of the defensive system he played in, his true talents were wasted and that he may become a more impacting NFL player than he was in college. But that's a big maybe. This kid will be drafted because of his workout numbers and not because of what he did on the film. It's just that simple.
The BS Detector
Drew Boylhart April/11