ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 12: Brian Quick #83 of the St. Louis Rams makes a catch during rookie mini camp at the ContinuityX Training Center on May 12, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
We here at Mocking the Draft put together a bracket to match up the top 32 rookie quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends drafted in April. Put simply, it's a NCAA tournament style bracket to help us decide which rookie will score the most fantasy points this coming season. If you want to see the updated bracket with the results of the first and second round, click here. Today's match up: Coby Fleener vs Brian Quick.
Here we have the second quarter-final of the series. This will probably be the closest match up of this round.
Why vote for Fleener?
Luck loves his tight ends (I'm not talking about those ones...) and Fleener was his favorite tight end in college. At 6'6", 247 lbs, it's easy to understand why Luck loves to throw his way. He is a big red zone target, and has the receiving ability to create match up problems against NFL defenses. He's to fast and good as a receiver to be covered by linebackers, but too strong to be tackled by corners. Luck loved audibling his way into these match ups in college with Fleener, and there's no reason to believe he can't do it in the pro's.
Why vote against Fleener?
He is still a tight end, which on paper should receive less targets then a number one or two receiver. His blocking skills still need improvement if he's to sell defenses on play-action fakes, where he could see the majority of his receptions. Plus, we all know how much Luck likes to run the ball, which will take away from Fleener's receptions.
Why vote for Quick?
The Rams are desperate for someone to step up and be Bradford's go-to guy. Quick was drafted with that intention. With last year's leading receiver, Brandon Lloyd, no longer on the roster, there should be an open competition for playing time. Quick has a much better chance than Givens to win significant playing time early on in his rookie year, potentially even as a starter. If he can win that role, Bradford can certainly get him the ball.
Why vote against Quick?
While the Rams addressed on of their biggest needs, finding Bradford some targets, they failed to ensure that he his protected up front. In Bradford's rookie year, he saw some protection up front, and managed to lead the Rams to a 7-9 season despite a below average receiving corps. But last year, he found it hard to stay upright and get a throw off. If this remains the case this year, it won't matter who is at receiver.
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