Fantasy Reaction: Glover Quin Signs With Detroit
The Detroit Lions address a need at their safety position, signing Glover Quin to a five-year deal valued at $25 million. He’ll be immediately installed as a starter, but what does the move to Detroit mean for his IDP value in 2013?
Quin was a fourth-round draft pick out of New Mexico and started his career at corner for Houston. Quin saw 762 defensive snaps his rookie year and played very well, allowing just 52 catches on 81 targets and recording 68 tackles. What jumps out, however, is his run-stopping abilities. He graded out as among the top-12 CBs in run stopping in his rookie season.
His 2010 season saw him get targeted even more (117 times), which resulted in a solid 85 tackles and an 8 percent tackle efficiency on 1,000-plus snaps. He also made a play on the ball on 14.5 percent of the passes thrown into his coverage, resulting in three picks and 14 passes defensed. Still, it was his run defense that helped him shine. Quin graded out as PFF’s second-best corner in run defense for 2010.
2011 and 2012
Because of his strength against the run, Houston moved Quin to safety in 2011. There were some growing pains from the move, as he graded near the bottom in run defense and also missed 12 tackles. His IDP numbers were down as he only produced 77 tackles and a 7.5 percent tackle frequency. His 2012 season saw Quin get over the learning curve and break out. While he graded outside of the top-30 safeties, he graded sixth among safeties in run defense, making a defensive stop in nearly 10 percent of his run snaps. Quin finished the year with 84 tackles and brought his tackle frequency up to 8 percent. From a fantasy standpoint, he ranked among the top-15 safeties in most balanced IDP scoring formats.
So, now he’s making the move from Houston to Detroit. Detroit’s getting a solid, in-the-box safety whose coverage skills also fly under the radar. Since the move to safety, he’s produced a PDI% (pass defended+interceptions/times thrown at) of 20 percent, so he’s making a play on roughly one-fifth of the passes thrown into his coverage.
Quin’s an immediate upgrade over the oft-injured Louis Delmas, and he’s an IDP you can count on. He moves to a defense that doesn’t have guys like JJ Watt or Brian Cushing, so he should see plenty of tackle opportunities behind a weaker front seven. Quin has DB2 upside in Detroit’s defense heading into 2013.
Mike Woellert is a Senior Writer for Pro Football Focus Fantasy. Follow Mike on Twitter @PFF_MWoellert