Wide receiver James Quick will lead a balanced Louisville passing attack as they look to defeat LSU in the Citrus Bowl. The 6-foot-0, 180-pound senior was the leading recipient of Lamar Jackson’s brilliance with 688 receiving yards, one of four players to go for 590-plus.
Quick entered college as the No. 6 receiving recruit according to 247sports. His status as an elite recruit may help explain a fourth round projection from CBS Sports despite disappointing college production. Quick had the good fortune to play with Teddy Bridgewater as a freshman and Jackson as a senior, but his most impressive years came in the interim.
Quick averaged an impressive 15.9 yards per reception for his career, but his numbers are otherwise disappointing. He barely managed a 20 percent yardage share over his final two seasons and never topped six touchdowns. Jamari Staples (35-593-2) and Jaylen Smith (27-599-6) were both more explosive, while senior TE prospect Cole Hikutini scored more touchdowns (8). UAB transfer Staples outperformed Quick in 2015 as well.
It’s possible that Quick will go on to be a better NFL than college player. Former teammate Eli Rogers logged four consecutive seasons at Louisville where he gained between 450 and 550 yards. He now looks like an indispensable part of the Pittsburgh Steelers passing attack as they head into the playoffs.
Quick had to compete with Rogers and Devante Parker early in his career, but even with that excuse it’s difficult to make the pro-Quick argument. He doesn’t have good age-adjusted production, or even a single season with the type of numbers you find in almost every legitimate NFL prospect. Barring eye-opening results during the draft process, Quick will likely go late in the 2017 draft and find himself off the dynasty radar.