Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6'2" Weight: 201 lbs
Drafted: Undrafted Free Agent
Quinton Dunbar was picked up by the Washington Redskins in mid-May as a college free agent. He's another wide receiver trying to make a name for himself and has extra motivation because he was not called to the podium. Here's what you need to know about him:
#1. Quinton Dunbar hails from Miami, Florida and he was a four star recruit coming out of Booker T. Washington High School in Florida. He had offers from Arkansas, Michigan, Purdue, Tennessee and West Virginia. According to Rivals.com, he was the 25th best player in the state of Florida, and the 24th best player at his position.
#2. He redshirted his freshman season at Florida (2010) and as a redshirt freshman (2011) started 5 of the 12 games he played in and scored his first career touchdown against Furman on a 29 yard reception. In his sophomore season (2012), he played in 13 games, starting in 9 of them. That season he ranked second on the team with 36 receptions and tallied season highs with 5 receptions for 77 yards against Louisville in the Sugar Bowl.
#3. His best season was as a junior (2013). He started 12 games and caught 40 passes for 548 yards (13.7 yards per catch). According to Bleacher Report's SEC Football Lead Writer Barrett Sallee, former Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease was proud of Dunbar's growth:
"I'm really proud of that kid. He has come along so far attitude-wise, accountability, his work ethic on the field, and it's really starting to show up. He just does things right. He can play a bunch of positions now. So I'm proud of him and I think it's going to carry over to reach the goals that he's setting for himself."
#4. In his final season with Florida (2014), he started in 8 games and played in 11. He had career highs in yards (107) and touchdowns (2) against Eastern Kentucky. Another, more impressive, stat was the fact that he had a 32 game streak with a catch. It started in 2011 against Furman and lasted until 2014 against LSU. According to gatorcountry.com's Andrew Spivey, former Florida head coach Will Muschamp recognized his receiver's mature nature in the face of being benched against Georgia:
"Quinton went in and did a good job. So you go in and cash in on your opportunities when you have it. Man down, man up and that's what he did. So I'm very proud of how he handled the situation."
Dunbar's mindset and maturity make him an offensive leader. A fellow teammate, Latroy Pittman, knew this first hand:
"He comes out every day as a professional. He never badmouths anybody or acts out in any kind of way. His attitude has stayed the same. He just works hard and stays focused."
#5. So how did he become a Washington Redskin?
According to Redskins.com's Jake Kring-Schreifels, draftees who play for big time programs is something that general manager Scot McCloughan pays attention to:
"He likes players that come from big conferences, that know what it's like to play in high-pressure games with big crowds and atmospheres."
Dunbar felt like Florida was the right fit for him in that regard:
"I feel like at Florida -- we played against the toughest competition -- and it got me ready for the pros because the SEC presses a lot and that's what they like to do in the NFL. I feel like I'm prepared. I just have to continue to get my body right and show improvement."
Bottom Line: Quinton Dunbar has the intangibles, speed and length to make the Redskins' roster. At 201 lbs, he needs to gain 15-20 more to be able to deal with the physical nature of the NFL. Especially if he is used as a slot receiver.