The St. Louis Rams selected Robert Quinn, a defensive end from North Carolina, with the 14th overall pick in the draft. Quinn is only 20 years old and has a lot of upside and a lot to learn.
However, he had received rave reviews as a great pass rusher and will team up well with Chris Long at the other defensive end position. He was one of three Tar Heels kicked off the team for receiving improper benefits and was declared permanently ineligible.
Rams General Manager Billy Devaney or head coach Billy Devaney weres not concerned with those past mistakes.
“He did make a mistake. All of the research, everybody you talked to, it was out of character for him. I sat down with him, of course we talked about that,” said Spagnuolo. “I felt very comfortable with the response. This is a kid that’s from a great family and a quality upbringing. He’s a quality guy there. We all make mistakes, he made one. He knows he’s paid for it a little and he’s ready to move on.”
“Once you started delving into the kid, you found out exactly what happened,” Devaney said. “Like Steve said, it was a mistake. He ’fessed up to it. Honestly, when you’re around this guy, you’ll see what kind of guy he is. He’s the furthest thing from a criminal, thug, bad kid, nothing like that at all. He made a rookie mistake, a dumb college mistake, and he paid the price for it.”