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Blanding, Quin

Card: Panini Contenders 2018
Acquired: 2018, Box Breaker


Quin Blanding played collegially for Virginia from 2014 to 2017. He contributed immediately to the secondary as a true Freshman and racked up impressive numbers. After setting Freshman tackle records with 123 in 2014, he went on to record 115+ tackles in every year he was at Virginia.  Blanding finished his college career with 492 total tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 16 passes defended, 2 fumble recoveries, and 10 interceptions for 108 yards and a TD.  Highly accoladed, Blanding earned the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year Award (2014), Freshman All-American (2014), first-team all-conference honors (2015), and All-ACC Honors (2016, 2017).

So even though the numbers and accolades spoke for themselves, scouts soured on Blanding’s speed, and lack of ‘game-breaking’ presence. While this would not be a deal breaker in other drafts, the unusually high grade of defensive back talent continued through the 2018 Draft.  I had him sneaking in at the back of round 6 or early in round 7 as a developmental prospect for the Houston Texans, but Quin would go undrafted. He’d sign a free agent contract with the Washington Redskins, but be waived in final cutdowns.

Quin’s autograph is pretty pedestrian- especially for a guy who has a ‘Q’ in it. It really looks more like a signature than an autograph really.  The card itself is broken up well into 3 main sections: Player portrait, player stats, and player autograph. It’s a nice looking card, but I feel like the player portrait is a bit busy and overproduced.

Baugh, Marcus

Card: Panini Contenders 2018
Acquired: 2018, Box Breaker

Marcus Baugh played for The Ohio State University from 2014 to 2017. An underutilized tight end, Baugh spent the majority of his time honing his skills as a blocker. Still he managed to carve out a little niche for himself in the Buckeye offense, being one of only two players to have at least 1 catch in his last 24 games.  At 6’3″, 247, Baugh finished his college career with 55 receptions and 8 TDs, good for 9th and 8th respectively all-time for his position group at the school. Marcus was not selected during the 2018 NFL Draft. Scouts were sour on his lack of production and experience, but really think he has the potential to ‘grow’ into his frame.

Marcus was signed by the Raiders after the draft, and currently is a member of their practice squad.