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We continue our tradition of profiling an NFL Draft prospect every day in April, leading up to the NFL Draft on April 29th. Every day, you’ll get a prospect profile that includes how they would fit with the Kansas City Chiefs.
The draft is finally upon us and barring Brett Veach making an aggressive move up the board, the Chiefs won’t be making a selection until Friday. When they settle in on day two, there’s an intriguing interior offensive line prospect to consider in the second.
Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater
6’3” | 320 lbs | Wisconsin-Whitewater
Grade (round): Third round
Background: Participated in the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl. NCAA Division III student-athlete. Business major and Wisconsin Intercollegiate Scholastic Honor Roll in 2017 and 2019. Two-time First-team All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference performer at guard. Was named an AP Division III All-American. One of four captains his final season at UW-W. Winner of the team’s Glen Willis Offensive Lineman of the Year and Most Valuable Player.
Strengths: Meinerz is a small school prospect with outstanding football character. He had an outstanding week at the Senior Bowl, making improvements every day. He begged to play in the game despite a broken hand sustained during the week. Meinerz displays an ability to play all three interior spots, but he stood out when asked to play center — something he didn’t do at Wisconsin-Whitewater. Meinerz popped with the ball in his hands, executing difficult blocks and doing a great job helping despite limited experience at the position. Meinerz has a very good athletic profile. He has impressive feet and does a great job keeping them moving. He’s a nasty finisher in the run game — and will punish in pass protection. He has shown promising hand technique. Meinerz absorbs contact well — showing great flexibility through his frame. He moves well to the second level — taking good angles and getting good contact.
Weaknesses: Despite an outstanding performance at the Senior Bowl, there will still be a large learning curve as he transitions from NCAA Division III to the NFL. He was light at times in Mobile, and that could be attributed to acclimating to the speed of the game. He didn’t really see a ton of competition against 300-plus pound players even during Senior Bowl week — with a lot of slighter defensive tackles on the roster. A lot of question marks in the process will be about his ability to handle legitimate interior size and power even though he showed everything he possibly could in Mobile. Meinerz can get caught out over his feet at times. He doesn’t need to be lunging as a highly functional athlete.
How he fits with the Chiefs: It might be considered bold to take a chance on a small school prospect on day two, but it would not be a surprise to see the Chiefs take a swing on Meinerz in that range. He’s a talented player and athlete with high football character. There’s a limited sample size of Meinerz at center, but he has shown promise to be a long-term starter to protect Patrick Mahomes. He will quickly become a fan favorite if the Chiefs select him.
Player Comp: Frank Ragnow
Fit Likelihood: High
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