While Trey Quinn was the No. 256-overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, he is confident that he can be an immediate contributor for the Washington Redskins.
He also believes that the 32 wide receivers selected before him aren’t as talented as him.
“It still puts a chip on my shoulder,” Quinn said last week of being Mr. Irrelevant, the nickname given annually to the final player selected in the NFL Draft. “I think I was the best receiver in the draft, and wherever I go I’m going to compete no matter what. Wherever I was picked, it was going to end up one way or another, and I’m going to do the best with my opportunity.”
After spending his first two collegiate seasons at LSU, Quinn transferred to SMU in 2016 before bursting onto the national scene during his senior campaign last year.
Quinn recorded a school-record 114 receptions for 1,236 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Additionally, his 8.8 receptions per game paced the country.
Despite the numbers, though, and despite the fact that he had a grade between Rounds 5 and 6 on NFL.com, Quinn was selected until the tail end of the seventh round.
“I was just kind of [upset], ready to get on the field like I was [at rookie minicamp],” Quinn said. “So any way I can get on the field and show what I’m about. It’s whatever. If you’re not first, you’re last anyways.”
Quinn, like the rest of his rookie teammates, was able to return to the field during the team’s annual rookie minicamp last weekend at the Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.
He joked that he “was trying to learn football again,” but was happy to be back to a singular focus on football.
“I felt like it’s been a while since I’ve been on a field, but I’m excited to get around the crew, show face around this facility,” Quinn said. “It’s a great organization and I’m proud to be a part of it.”
Once in a rhythm again, Quinn hopes to make an impression, especially after it became known that Redskins head coach Jay Gruden specifically wanted Washington to select him.
“I think everybody they’re going to pick [wants] to hear their interested in general, but to hear a story like that is pretty cool,” Quinn said. “I have to go make him right if he wants somebody like me, I have to show everybody else why he wanted me.”
With the offseason roster currently at 90 players, Quinn will have competition to make the active roster after cutdowns later this year. As it stands now, Quinn is one of 12 wide receivers on Washington’s roster which includes five players at the position that spent time on the active roster last year along with prized free agent signing Paul Richardson Jr.
Quinn, however, will do just about anything to make the team.
“Anywhere they want me, anywhere that’s an open spot I’ll take it,” Quinn said. “I think I can do it all. I’ve never played D before, but I’ll go back there in the backfield and light up a running back or something. But anything like that and then work on special teams. That’s how they say you make an impact as a rookie, so anything they’ve got for me I’m willing to fill a hole.”