By: Hussam Patel
Quinn Meinerz is turning heads this week at the Senior Bowl. The 6'3”, 320 pound Wisconsin-Whitewater prodigy is a hot topic as the only D3 offensive lineman, and he’s holding his own against the top defensive talent and outplaying his teammates.
With a football and wrestling background, Meinerz bullies his opponents at the line of scrimmage and plays with a mean streak. He continuously gets low and understands leverage; he waits to see what the defender is doing and makes his attack.
A relentless run blocker, he holds his ground and routinely pushes defenders to the second level, allowing the ball carrier to get through the hole and play in space.
The Wisconsin-Whitewater prodigy will have to take a lot of practice reps in pass pro as his level of competition is not the same as D1 schools and the NFL. Based on his tape, he is a patient pass protector, giving ample time to his quarterback.
Throughout the Senior Bowl week he has played some reps at Center and at Guard, which will help him understand more protection concepts and prepare for the NFL. Meinerz will have to shed the small school issues all Division III prospects face and shine in the game to be picked in the Top 150.