Originally posted on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 5/22/12

Every year there is at least one player on almost every team who has a breakout season. If you ask ESPN NFL Draft Guru Mel Kiper, for the Rams, that player will be Robert Quinn. Quinn was the 14th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and was widely viewed as a steal at that point, despite missing the entire 2010 College Football season with suspension. Mel Kiper was one of the many who were very high on him.

Quinn had 6 sacks, 9 quarterback hits, and 21 quarterback pressures on 341 pass rushes and 584 total snaps as a situational player last year. Incumbent starter James Hall is gone as a cap casualty so Quinn will be a starting defensive end opposite Chris Long. Kiper projects double digit sacks for Quinn. Despite their 2-14 record last year, the Rams were one of the best in the league with 39 sacks last year. If Quinn does, in fact, have a breakout year, the Rams could approach the 43 sacks they had in 2010.

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