MOBILE, Ala. -- I have no idea if Appalachian State wide receiver Brian Quick has soft hands or an exceptional get-off. I don't know how quickly he gets in and out of his breaks or whether he's a long-strider with a wide catching radius or accelerates toward space and has top-end speed.
He's 6-5, 220, claims he has a 39-inch vertical and he can catch the ball and run with it. That makes him a candidate to help the Bears.
If the Bears aren't looking for a wide receiver in the April draft, they should be. You don't have to be a scout, coach or general manager to know that.
Some early mock drafts have the Bears taking Notre Dame's Michael Floyd with the 19th pick in the first round, even when Jerry Angelo was the general manager. It's hard to tell what the priority of the new general manager will be (though Phil Emery, one of the two assumed finalists, is currently with the Kansas City Chiefs, who took 6-5 Jonathan Baldwin from Pittsburgh in the first round last year.) but no matter what he'll need a wide receiver eventually in the draft.
The unheralded Quick looks like someone who will at least have a chance to be a hit if he's put in the right hands. He's athletic and tall and even though he's admittedly raw, he does the simple things well -- he looks the ball into his hands and doesn't turn upfield until he catches it. That's a pretty good place to start.
At Appalachian State, Quick caught 202 passes for 3,418 yards and 31 touchdowns in four seasons, including 71 catches for 1,096 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior.
In his first collegiate game in 2007, he dropped a touchdown pass in the end zone in Appalachian State's monumental upset of Michigan, but still made a difference by blocking a field goal in the final three minutes. He was injured and missed the rest of the season and received a medical redshirt.
Quick has made some impressive plays in the first two days of practice at the Senior Bowl -- for whatever that's worth. But Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Gene Smith talked to him after Monday's practice -- typically NFL representatives ''interview'' the athletes throughout the week to get background information. And even more NFL reps waited to talk to Quick after Tuesday's practice. That usually means something.
Quick came in with the stigma of being a I-AA player. But it's more than a stigma, he said. While he said he was ''blessed'' to have good coaching at Appalachian State, he didn't have a true position coach to teach him the finer points of playing wide receiver.
''I had a receiving coach, but he was basically a quarterback,'' Quick said. ''[I was] not really getting coached on being a receiver -- just going out there and using my talent.
''It was just knowing the plays. It wasn't 'This is where you need to be. This kind of cut.' [Receivers from the bigger schools] have basically professional coaching. I'm blessed I had good coaching. But it's just different at a different level.''
Quick said he expects to run a 4.4 40 at the NFL Combine, but the only players who don't think that are the ones who can run 4.3. Still, he's not slow. He knows he has a lot to learn. But he doesn't feel like he's a notch below anyone else at the Senior Bowl.
''Everybody out here, I can do the exact same thing,'' Quick said. ''They probably have better technique. Some people run [certain] routes better. I'm trying to be all around. I'm trying to be a deep threat, the guy that goes through the middle, the guy that can block, the guy that plays special teams. I'm trying to be the guy they can count on to do anything.''