Round 5, Pick 138: Trey Quinn, WR, SMU
Boy, would it be nice to have some immediate receiver help at this selection. Trey Quinn, who played high school football and baseball three hours away from New Orleans, was electrifying his first season and final season in college. His first, which was at LSU, gave the nation a glimpse into Quinn’s breakout skills. His final, at SMU, showed the nation his NFL potential.
Of course, had Quinn played his whole career at LSU, he’d be a fan favorite to come to the Saints, but would not have produced as nearly impressive numbers. During his freshman year, Quinn started seven games and had 17 catches for 193 yards. However, in 2015, he started just twice, hauling in five balls for 83 yards. This had more to do with LSU’s lack of passing in their offense than Quinn’s skills or performance outside of games.
He transferred to SMU, where he played for only one year last season. The difference? Quinn accumulated 114 catches, 1,293 yards and 13 touchdowns. His 4.55 40-yard dash time is lower than wanted, but the tangibles on the field are there for sure.
His fit with the Saints could go one of multiple ways. Quinn could be a special teams player while providing back up depth. Or, he could emerge as a future wide receiver for New Orleans, especially with the uncertainty of the current tenured receivers. On top of Meredith, the Saints also retained Willie Snead IV and Brandon Coleman.
After this season, though, all three receivers could be gone. Meredith’s deal is for two years, but his health is still up in the air. Coleman and Snead need to really impress, or else they won’t even make the team next year. Not even by barely. Ted Ginn Jr is 33 years-old, while Michael Thomas is due a big pay day soon. Quinn’s youth, agility, slow work into the system, and friendly-contract make him a huge bargain for the Saints, with a somewhat unknown road ahead.