With the first round of the NFL draft slated to begin Thursday night, we are looking this week at the prospects the Redskins could be targeting with the 10th overall pick and gauge the likelihood of each landing in Washington. Here is the final installment.
Player: Outside linebacker Robert Quinn, North Carolina
Basics: The 6-foot-5, 268-pound Quinn is considered the top pass rusher in the draft after Texas A&M’s Von Miller, despite the fact that he was suspended for all of last season for receiving travel benefits and jewelry from an agent. During his sophomore season, Quinn recorded 52 tackles (19 for a loss), 11 sacks and 15 quarterback hurries. It’s believed that he would have been one of the top picks in the draft had he played last year. Quinn was diagnosed with a brain tumor in high school, and doctors told him he’d never play again. He proved them wrong.
Why he might fit: The Redskins want to add an edge pass rusher to complement Brian Orakpo, and Quinn would fit the bill. Like Orakpo, he played defensive end in college, but is expected to make the transition to outside linebacker if he is taken by a team that runs a 3-4 defense.
Why he might not: It doesn’t appear likely, but Quinn could be gone before Washington picks, or the Redskins could trade up or down to take a quarterback. Quinn’s college coach, Butch Davis, said his former player is best suited as a 4-3 defensive end. Could that deter the Redskins?
Likelihood Redskins draft him (scale of 1 to 10): 9. Unless they are able trade down, or unless Blaine Gabbert somehow falls to No. 10, Quinn is the pick that makes the most sense for the Redskins. His addition would help upgrade a defense that ranked 31st last season, and by putting him with Orakpo, Lorenzo Alexander, Chris Wilson and Rob Jackson, Washington would have a deep outside linebacking unit.