INDIANAPOLIS — Robert Quinn expected it. He knew it was coming. So when he got to the NFL Scouting Combine and faced questions about the NCAA suspension for receiving illegal benefits that wiped out his 2010 season, he was prepared for it.
Quinn said that after introductions, most of his interviews with teams over the weekend started with that same question. He said he wants to make the most of his second chance.
“It really made me think to myself and realize how much I missed the game of football and missed Saturdays,” Quinn said of his suspension from North Carolina. “I don’t want to say it was a good thing, but I appreciate now what I’ve went through to mature myself and realize how much I love game. I don’t want to miss it again. I took a negative and am making it into a positive.”
After defensive line workouts ended Monday, Quinn worked out with a small group in alternate skill drills designed to test ball skills and change of direction as a linebacker. Quinn said later that teams are interested in him as both a 4-3 defensive end and a 3-4 outside linebacker.
With some momentum coming off his Senior Bowl performance, Quinn has put himself into position as a possible top-10 pick. He’s the top-rated end on Mike Mayock‘s board, and the No. 6 overall prospect for NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks.