Quinn MeinerzD | Broncos

Broncos get third-rounder Meinerz signedJuly 21, 2021 | 01:35 PM

Broncos signed third-round C/G Quinn Meinerz to a four-year contract. Analysis: Meinerz (6'3/320) was a two-year starter at UW-Whitewater and a first-team D-III All-American in 2019 before his 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. He went on to have one of the most dominant pre-draft processes of any prospect in the 2021 draft. Meinerz won the Senior Bowl's offensive lineman of the week award for his squad in Mobile. And then, at his pro day, Meinerz tested as the second-most athletic center in the RAS system since 1987. Only Creed Humphrey tested better. Meinerz's showings in the forty (4.99), 20-yard split (2.88), vertical (32 inches), and broad jump (9-foot-3) were all top-35 all-time size-adjusted finishes at his position. Meinerz is a low-firing, explosive, downhill run-blocker that hits targets flush and moves bodies with powerful leg drive. Meinerz has all the tools to deal with both power and speed in pass-pro, but he must work on his footwork, which can lead to balance issues when it gets sloppy. At guard, his game evokes 2019 third-rounder Nate Davis, likewise a 6-foot-3 mauler in the run game from a small school. Meinerz was announced as a center, and Lloyd Cushenberry was one of the few weak spots on the Denver offensive line last year. Meinerz will compete with Cushenberry for the starting role, but jumping from D-III opponents to the NFL will require an adjustment period. It's possible that Meinerz overtakes Cushenberry during the season.

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