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Report: Colts Have Met Virtually with Wisconsin-Whitewater OL Quinn Meinerz Recently Prior to NFL Draft

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: JAN 30 Senior Bowl Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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:

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:

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.