(FootballSTL) So much of the 2012 draft was focused on the big trade (well, actually two trades) down from that number two spot.
So much attention was paid to first rounder Michael Brockers, second rounder Janoris Jenkins and even sixth rounder Greg Zuerlein because of the impressive streak he got off to.
From a wide receiver perspective, Brian Quick dominated all the headlines. The second rounder out of Appalachian State was an athletic, big bodied prospect who was raw but had all the potential in the world to be that number one target for Sam Bradford.
A lot of story lines came out of the 2012 draft this past April. So many.
Chris Givens was not one of them.
A fourth round pick out of Wake Forest, Givens wasn’t even the first player the Rams took at his own position. He isn’t 6’3” and 220 pounds like Quick. He doesn’t ooze superstar potential to scouts.
No one paid much attention to him. No one put all that much pressure on him. And why would they? Brian Quick was the first receiver drafted. Not Givens.
Well, halfway through this season it’s Givens - not Quick - who’s been the immediate impact performer for this organization. He’s been targeted 31 times by Bradford (behind only Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson) and he’s averaging more than 25 yards per reception (by far and away the most on this team).
Givens’ speed is unmatched. Unmatched on this team and matched only by a few select others in the NFL. Now don’t get me wrong, speed isn’t the end all at the wide receiver position. There’s so much more that goes into it. Hands, route running, separation, eye hand coordination.
But having elite speed speaks well for a role that is becoming quite important nowadays in this league. Ask Pittsburgh Steelers fans what Mike Wallace’s speed has meant for their offense. Having someone who has the ability to run by everyone on the field opens things up for everyone else.
Sam Bradford calls it “blowing the top off” the defense. Call it what you want. It makes things easier for guys like Danny Amendola running routes underneath.
Brian Quick may have gotten the most headlines and pressure. But Chris Givens is delivering the goods so far.