When bringing in defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, Texans coach Gary Kubiak gave him the reigns of the defense and their first selection in the upcoming draft. Sports Radio 610’s John McClain posted his first mock draft this week and has the Texans selecting outside linebacker Robert Quinn with the 11th pick in the first round.
Quinn (6-4, 265) was a member of the North Carolina Tarheels football program for three years but did not play a down during his final season before coming out for the draft.
Quinn was forced to sit out last season because he was suspended by the NCAA for being guilty of accepting $5,642 in benefits, which included jewelry and travel accommodations from an agent.
“I made a selfish mistake that me and my team, my family and coaches paid a price for,” Quinn told USA Today. “God gave me a talent, and in a second, he can take it away from me.”
Besides missing a year of in-game experience, Quinn faces a health challenge. He has a benign tumor in his brain, which was discovered when he was in high school, and he must undergo MRI monitoring every six months.
Quinn wants to rush the passer and ran a 4.73-second, 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Defensive end Connor Barwin was selected in teh second round of Cincinnati in 2009 to help rush the passer. Quinn’s 40-time is just slightly slower than Barwin’s 40-time, which was clocked at 4.67 when he participated at the Combine.
Quinn was named to the 2010 Preseason First-Team All-America Team (Blue Ribbon, Sporting News) and was a candidate to be awarded the Nagurski, Lombardi, Hendricks & Lott Trophies. Following his sophomore season in 2009, Quinn was named First-Team All-ACC and was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year Runner-Up and named 2009 Second-Team All-America (CBSsports.com).
Now that you know a little bit about him, check out this highlight video of Quinn, who wore No. 42.