Backward analysis: Glover Quin

April, 8, 2011
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A look back at how a later pick who has turned out well or a higher pick who hasn't was reviewed before he was drafted into the AFC South.

Glover Quin, Texans cornerback, New Mexico, fourth round, 112th overall

Mel Kiper’s 18th cornerback

“Quin has a lot of talent and the versatility to play either cornerback or safety in the NFL. He has good size and speed and outstanding overall athletic skills. A very strong kid, Quin could slide inside to safety if he is overmatched at cornerback. He still needs some technical work at cornerback, but his athletic and physical skills will enamor defensive backs coaches with him.”

Pro Football Weekly’s ninth free safety

“Shows the toughness, tackling skills and instincts desirable in a press cover-2 corner or free safety. However, he is a bit tightly wound to play in space and could struggle to stay healthy, Versatility is a plus. Grade: Late draftable prospect.”

NFL Draft Scout, post-draft outlook

“The Texans don’t intend to move him to safety. They like him outside and the fact that he can play nickel.”

Quin after two seasons:

He is the best defensive back on the Texans' roster, which is a complimentary review even as the secondary group is coming off a horrific collective season. He’s played outside in base and kicked inside to cover slot receivers in the nickel. He made the right play at the end of a loss in Jacksonville, when his swat of a Hail Mary pass wound up in a receiver's belly for a touchdown that lost Houston the game. It's unfortunate it's his most notable play.

If the Texans can add a quality corner more easily than a quality free safety, they will move him to free safety. But they are taking a wait-and-see approach and won’t decide until they are finished making their additions.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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