Broncos TE Quinn surprised by how draft played out

Going into the 2009 NFL Draft, North Carolina TE Richard Quinn didn’t have the most impressive résumé. He had just 12 catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns … over his entire college career.

So when he was picked in the second round by the Broncos (64th overall), Quinn was a little surprised, he told the Colorado Springs Gazette:

    “I thought maybe I’d be a free agent and be blessed to have the opportunity to come to a team and maybe try out,” Quinn said.

Quinn wasn’t the only one who was a little shocked when he was drafted. His agent, Peter Schaffer, also was taken aback, he told the Gazette:

    “I was thinking if we got him in the fourth round, we did good,” said trainer Derek Touchette, who worked with Quinn. “(When) he went 64th I almost fell out of my chair. I was so happy for him.”

Quinn said that despite the buzz building around him leading up to the draft, he wasn’t going to believe the hype until he actually was drafted:

    “I came out of college, I didn’t have any stats,” said Quinn. “That was a major issue, at least that’s what I thought. When people told me I was climbing up the boards a bit, I said, ‘I have to see it.'”

Quinn essentially will be another tackle on the Broncos’ offensive line. He likely will be used as a physical, run-blocking tight end who’s capable of sneaking off the line of scrimmage in short-yardage situations.

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