Denver Broncos: How Quinn Meinerz fits with deep offensive line
The Denver Broncos did multiple slides down the 2021 NFL Draft board and acquired more capital for a guard who lit up the Senior Bowl.
If Denver Broncos guard Dalton Risner had a best friend he did not know about yet it would be Quinn Meinerz. Meinerz is a fascinating human being who trains like Rocky in Russia. The Broncos drafted an absolute mauler at guard with their first of two third-round selections.
The projection for him in 2021 is unknown but there is legitimate competition for the guard spot now and needed depth. If there’s anything to take away from this it is Graham Glasgow’s days in Denver that seem to be numbered after this season.
Meinerz and Netane Muti are blocking works of art. Meinerz might start competing right guard. During the Senior Bowl, he blew everyone away with the athleticism. From Wisconsin-Whitewater, Meinerz ran 4.99 in the 40-yard dash, just a tick under 5.0. He moves exceptionally well for a guard to potentially consider him at tackle or swing tackle. Is it possible the Denver Broncos could consider him as the replacement of Elijah Wilkinson?
It would not shock me to see the Denver Broncos consider Meinerz as a potential tackle. Right now Meinerz will compete with Muti and Glasgow at guard and he’ll also get a shot at center.
Denver signed free agent guard Graham Glasgow last off-season but the team has drafted some promising interior linemen since that signing. The Broncos have a good problem to have inside that offensive line. They very well could be open to keeping Glasgow if they value Dalton Risner as a tackle or emergency tackle.
If this is true and with the number of players added to guard, then the Denver Broncos might have plans for Muti and Meinerz at left or right guard.
There are still questions surrounding the right tackle position and a potential cloud with Ja’Wuan James at the right tackle. The belief is that Calvin Anderson will challenge as the backup to James.
Anderson has shown the necessary athleticism to make it in the NFL and potentially start. Whether Denver views him as a long-term answer hinges maybe on this draft. Currently, the Denver Broncos have not added a tackle in the draft except for Meinerz.
Denver Broncos steal Quinn Meinerz, The Gut, in 3rd round
The Denver Broncos traded back twice in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft before stealing Quinn Meinerz out of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Denver has seven picks remaining and it’s been an impressive one to boot.