Scouting Report: LB/TE Anthony Quinn

East Kentwood (Mich.) LB/TE Anthony Quinn has been a frequent unofficial visitor at Michigan home games this season. The Maize and Blue appear to be keeping a close eye on his progress, so GoBlueWolverine's NFL correspondent Allen Trieu ventured over to the west side of the state to take a look at him.

Ed. Note: Allen Trieu is an NFL analyst who will be lending his expertise to GBW this fall. He milieu is evaluating college players for the NFL, so his scouting reports are not enthusiastic 'hype'; instead they are qualified and careful evaluations of what a player does well and what he has to improve upon.

10/7/05 - East Kentwood vs. West Ottawa

Anthony Quinn Scouting Report

The first thing that stands out about Anthony Quinn is his size. At about 6-3, 215-220 lbs. he is definitely a big, imposing player on the field. Because of that, the expectation is that he would be a dominating blocker from the tight end position at the prep level. While he did the job, he did not consistently dominate his man. He did a nice job on seal blocks and showed good strength in holding his ground, but didn't really fire out of his stance. There was one play where he showed some aggression and drove his man 20 yards downfield, but other than that one flash, he seemed to lack aggressiveness all night. The same could be said of his route running.

East Kentwood, traditionally a wing T offense, has gone to more of a spread look lately. That, however, did not mean more passes were thrown to Quinn. He had only two balls thrown in his direction all night.

Quinn didn't really explode off the line or out of his breaks. It appears as though he's still very green running routes. The first pass thrown in his direction was a nicely thrown 7-yard out that he dropped. He was thrown another out later in the game, and went up for a nice grab in between two defenders, showing strong hands in the process.

On defense, Quinn is being recruited as a linebacker, but he began the night as one of the Falcons' three down linemen. With his hand down, he didn't get off the ball extremely well and showed difficulty shedding blocks with his hands. Later he was moved to middle linebacker where he seemed much more comfortable. He was disciplined in coverage and contain. He did a nice job staying home and finding the ball.

When Quinn got to the ball, he proved to be a sure tackler. He showed pretty good speed in pursuit and chased down the ball carrier from behind on one play, causing a fumble. He also looked very good on special teams where he made a few tackles and was disciplined in his lanes. That will likely be where he makes his initial impact at the college level.

Throughout the night, one thing that was apparent was that Quinn has a good head on his shoulders. He was very disciplined and did not overrun plays on defense or special teams. He wasn't easily fooled on misdirection and play action either.

Overall

Quinn has a lot of size and appears to be a good athlete. At this point, though, what he needs to do is play harder on a more consistent basis. But his potential should be enough to get him a couple of division 1 offers. If Michigan extends him an offer, it would likely be at linebacker, as that appeared to be his best position. He isn't ready to step in and see playing time his freshman season at a top D1 program, but he is a project that could become a contributor later in his career.


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