The St. Louis Rams addressed their greatest area of need with the first pick of the second round of the NFL draft, taking wide receiver Brian Quick of Appalachian State on Friday night.
The 6-3, 222-pound Quick had 71 receptions for 1,096 yards and a 15.4-yard average and 11 touchdowns his senior season with seven 100-yard games. Former Rams wide receiver greats Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt announced the No. 33 overall pick.
The Rams had three picks in the second round and wasted no time getting a pass catcher for Sam Bradford, the top pick of the 2010 draft. Wide receiver has been the Rams’ biggest weakness the last several years and Quick was among several wide receivers to make visits to St. Louis.
St. Louis was foiled in its efforts to draft a wide receiver in the first round when Jacksonville traded up and snatched Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State with the fifth pick. The Rams traded down eight picks with the Dallas Cowboys, getting the Cowboys’ second-rounder, and missed a shot at a second wide receiver, Michael Floyd, by one pick.
The Rams took defensive tackle Michael Brockers of LSU in the first round, making the defensive line perhaps their strongest unit. Brockers joins a pair of former first-rounders, ends Chris Long and Robert Quinn.
Danny Amendola is the top returning wide receiver for St. Louis. Amendola caught 85 passes in 2010 out of the slot, but missed virtually all of last season with a dislocated left elbow. Steve Smith signed a one-year deal also coming off an injury.
Quick holds the school record with 202 receptions with a 16.9-yard average and 31 touchdowns. He also fielded four onside kicks and blocked one kick.