According to The Draft Network’s Justin Melo, the Indianapolis Colts are among the pro teams that have met virtually with Wisconsin-Whitewater OL Quinn Meinerz recently prior to the 2021 NFL Draft:
In addition to the #Saints and #Rams (previously reported), Wisconsin-Whitewater OL Quinn Meinerz recently met virtually with the #Colts.— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) March 1, 2021
The 6’3”, 320 pound offensive lineman started 15 games in 2019, as he saw his senior season cancelled because of COVID-19.
During that junior year, he was AP First-Team All-America and also earned First-Team All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors for Division III football.
Here’s the draft buzz on Meinerz:
“This is kind of getting borderline ridiculous what he is doing up front this week.” @MoveTheSticks checks out @UWWAthletics’ @QMeinerz at Day 2 of practice at the Reese’s @seniorbowl pic.twitter.com/fa1y443kmd— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) January 27, 2021
Top-5 clips from @seniorbowl week— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) January 30, 2021
5. DIII Quinn Meinerz vs a power five DL
Wisc-Whitewater OG/C Quinn Meinerz continued his dominant play today.— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) January 27, 2021
Lots of disrespect on this rep vs. Patrick Jones: Stuns w/ outside hand, feet stay balanced and knees bent through contact. And then he finishes.
Stock continuing to climb pic.twitter.com/q1Skc8A580
Wisconsin-Whitewater OL Quinn Meinerz is getting creative with his pre-draft workouts @QMeinerz— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) February 27, 2021
(via qmeinerz77/YT) pic.twitter.com/1YOIibG1is
Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Quinn Meinerz with the nasty pancake block at right guard.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) January 27, 2021
He’s shown plenty of power against FBS competition, as well as versatility. He’s making himself some money this week. #SeniorBowl pic.twitter.com/4sIVJGMbUG
A couple of guys to point out on the run fit (audio this time). @OhioStateFB DE Johnathon Cooper setting a strong edge and @WVUfootball LB Tony Fields with the backside fill. Don’t forget the reach block from @WarhawkFootball C Quinn Meinerz (again) #TheDraftStartsInMobile pic.twitter.com/POvfwKRXcF— Fran Duffy (@EaglesXOs) January 27, 2021
Here’s one more from Wisconsin-Whitewater center Quinn Meinerz. pic.twitter.com/OhQHFHAjLa— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) January 27, 2021
Senior Bowl: DIII Wisconsin-Whitewater center Quinn Meinerz wrecking Texas DT Graham (1) & UW DT Onwuzurike (2/3) in the first team period yesterday. Whew. pic.twitter.com/sOTHX6vkvb— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) January 27, 2021
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Quinn Meinerz is making some this week pic.twitter.com/QcWQo9LF9M— Austin Gayle (@PFF_AustinGayle) January 27, 2021
Meinerz vs Odighizuwa pic.twitter.com/JPTazsxPkh— Steve Frederick (@_SteveFrederick) January 27, 2021
#Warhawks OL Quinn Meinerz getting some work at C to start the first day of practice for the National Team.— Steve Frederick (@_SteveFrederick) January 26, 2021
First rep vs #Washington DT Levi Onwuzurike - one of the top players here this week.#PoundTheRock | @WarhawkFootball pic.twitter.com/tgn41gqKVO
Having shined at this year’s Senior Bowl, Meinerz projects to be a ‘Day 2’ or early ‘Day 3’ pick at offensive guard—although he has the versatility to also play center at his future NFL destination.
With a high school wrestling background, Meinerz utilizes his impeccable strength and leverage to overwhelm opponents physically—oftentimes, taking them to the ground. While not an elite athlete, he continues to improve as he fine-tunes his overall technique and conditions his body type.
Featuring his infamous practice cut-off top and ‘the belly’, Meinerz is best utilized in a zone-blocking scheme like the Colts deploy at the next level.
The Colts don’t have an immediate need at either interior o-line position, but it’s worth noting that 28 year old starting right guard Mark Glowinski will be a free agent at season’s end (although Indianapolis did just select a guard, Danny Pinter, in the 5th round of last year’s NFL Draft as a potential long-term replacement).
Meinerz is a physically rugged, interior offensive lineman—with versatility, who fits a certain ‘smash mouth’ style that NFL running games—including the Colts, aspire to consistently make their offensive identity.