Former Temple, now Miami star, Quincy Roche could be bringing youth to the edge. After three seasons at Temple that culminated with Quincy Roche earning AAC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2019, he transferred to Miami for the 2020 season. He did not have the same statistical output in 2020 in the ACC he had at Temple in 2019. Roche did prove that he is still a dynamic defensive playmaker against top competition. Over his time with both Temple and Miami, the 6-foot-3, 243-pound edge rusher proved plenty capable of getting to the quarterback, plus he had plenty of skill against the run as well.
Roche is a truly skilled player for the position. He has an excellent ability with his hand, great vision, and is a quick processor. He may be slightly leaner and somewhat less length than an average NFL edge rusher. Quincy overcomes some slight physical deficiencies with technique, athleticism, and above-average functional strength. Roche has an expansive pass-rushing skill set and is a good run defender thus making him a balanced defender that can contribute on almost every down. In the right scheme, Roche has the ability to develop into a productive starter that knows how to attack.
Coming out of New Town High School in Maryland Roche was not highly recruited. He received offers from only Temple, Appalachian State, Toledo, Monmouth, and Furman. He ultimately chose Temple and became a star. After redshirting in 2016, he posted 7 sacks, 11.5 tackles for loss, and 3 forced fumbles in 2017. Quincy saw more action as a redshirt sophomore in 2018. Roche tallied up 57 tackles (40 solo), 6 sacks, 9 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries. He really broke out in 2019. After finishing with 49 tackles (36 solo), 13 sacks, 19 tackles for loss, 2 fumble recoveries, and a forced fumble he was named the AAC Defensive Player of the Year.
After his junior season, he transferred to the University of Miami for his final collegiate season. With the Hurricanes, Roche had a successful redshirt senior season. He tallied 45 tackles (27 solo), 4.5 sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries, and two forced fumbles in 10 games.
Pro Day Stats
Roche ran a 4.66-second 40-yard dash which at his size is very impressive. He posted a 32.5 vertical jump and 23 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds. Quincy showed explosiveness with a 9-feet-11 in the broad jump. He was talking to teams about him working as a 3-4 outside linebacker which makes him versatile.
2021 Draft Outlook
Roche has definitely climbed on people’s draft boards. He was firmly in the day three conversation prior to the Senior Bowl, but ever since then, there have been some projecting him as a late day two guy. There may some physical limitations and some areas where his game needs improvement, but Roche could come at an incredible value for a team. He could be a late mid-round to an early third-round player which could produce year-one and making him a steal.
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