Scouting Rams defensive end Robert Quinn

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Height: 6-4 Weight: 264

Season: 3rd

College: North Carolina

Strengths: Quinn is as athletic and as talented as pass rushers come. He has a 34-inch vertical and a 10-5 broad jump. He is quick, having run a 4.62 in the 40 at the combine in 2011. He has a good initial burst, routinely beating the offensive tackle out of his stance, and he obviously has great closing speed. Quinn has 34-inch arms. He has a good motor, too. Since he arrived in the NFL, he has developed several different moves.

Weaknesses: He has little experience. Quinn played only two seasons at North Carolina because of an NCAA suspension his junior year. He has played only 33 NFL games. So Quinn should continue to improve as a run defender as well as a pass rusher. Quinn, who had only 22 reps in the 225-pound bench press at the combine, has gotten stronger, but bigger blockers still can manhandle him at times.

Last week: He had four tackles and a sack in a 31-24 loss to the Falcons.

Who has to stop him? The Cowboys have been as solid in their pass blocking as they have in a long time. Tony Romo has been well protected through two games, taking five sacks, some of them coverage sacks. Left tackle Tyron Smith, who has yet to allow a sack and has drawn only one holding penalty, will have his hands full.

Notable: Quinn leads the NFC with four sacks, half a sack behind Buffalo’s Mario Williams for the NFL lead. ... He had three sacks of Carson Palmer in the season opener, forcing two fumbles in the process. He was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week. ... Quinn had 10.5 sacks last season, his first double-digit sack season. ... He has 19.5 career sacks. ... Quinn was the 14th overall pick in 2011 despite missing the 2010 college season.

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