Quinn Meinerz provides us all stomach laughs — actually
You could or might not be accustomed to Denver Broncos third-round draft choose Quinn Meinerz. In case you aren’t, it’s essential be. Meinerz, who was an offensive lineman at Division III College of Wisconsin Whitewater, rocketed up draft boards all through the pre-draft course of. He dominated with a bodily playstyle towards Division III competitors, however it was on the Reese’s Senior Bowl the place he helped his case.
Meinerz confirmed up in nice form, and towards defensive lineman from Energy 5 faculties, placed on a clinic. Check out the under video of Meinerz completely destroying Patrick Jones II out of College of Pittsburgh. Jones went within the third spherical to the Minnesota Vikings.
Additionally of notice in that clip — the intestine.
“That intestine, I’ve all the time had it,” Meinerz mentioned throughout an interview at the Senior Bowl. “My nickname in highschool was The Intestine. My nickname in Whitewater was The Intestine. It was scorching and humid (that week), and I all the time say I prefer to let the stomach breathe.”
Meinerz didn’t have a senior season because of the NCAA not permitting DIII soccer packages to play due to COVID-19. No gamers from the WIAC convention, the place UW-Whitewater calls residence, have been drafted since 2007. The final offensive lineman to do it was Pete Lucas of Wisconsin-Stevens Level 30 years in the past.
Meinerz, nonetheless, proved that he belongs throughout his Senior Bowl week in Cell, Ala.
“Yeah, it’s fairly unattainable while you signal as much as go D-III,” Meinerz mentioned in an interview with The Athletic in April. “It made it even tougher not having a season (in 2020). The place I’m at now’s fairly excessive.”
Seems, it’s not unattainable. Meinerz, together with his bodily dominance throughout Senior Bowl week and his absurdly good testing numbers at his Professional Day, did what was wanted to safe not solely getting drafted, however getting drafted early.
Based on PFF, Meinerz examined within the one centesimal percentile within the 40-yard sprint (4.86 sec), 92nd percentile within the three-cone (7.33 sec), ninetieth percentile within the shuttle run (4.47 sec), broad bounce (111”), and 10-yard break up (1.73 sec), and 89th percentile within the vertical bounce (32”).
In the present day, on the Denver Broncos’ rookie minicamp, The Intestine as soon as once more took middle stage.
He’s far more than a character and a crop prime — the Broncos and their followers will hope that Meinerz turns into an anchor on their offensive line, defending… whoever their long run reply at quarterback shall be.