It’s officially NFL Draft season for the Los Angeles Rams. The Senior Bowl was held two weeks ago and apparently some players stood out to the Rams. According to The Draft Network’s Justin Melo, the Rams met with DIII standout Quinn Meinerz.
— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) February 16, 2021
Meinerz plays on the interior of the offensive line with the ability to play guard and center. If the Rams were to draft him, most likely he’d be a center with Austin Blythe potentially hitting free agency.
Playing at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the Division III level, Meinerz helped the Warhawks lead the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in rushing, scoring, and total offense. With Meinerz leading the charge, the UWW offensive line allowed just 21 sacks in 2019.
There have been some questions regarding the level of competition that Meinerz faced, but that wasn’t an issue at the Senior Bowl. Meinerz consistently dominated whoever he went up against and was one of the best offensive lineman in Mobile.
Senior Bowl: DIII Wisconsin-Whitewater center Quinn Meinerz wrecking Texas DT Graham (1) & UW DT Onwuzurike (2/3) in the first team period yesterday. Whew. pic.twitter.com/sOTHX6vkvb
— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) January 27, 2021
It’s not very often that you see Division III players succeed at the NFL level. However, one of the success stories just played in and started in the Super Bowl. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted Ali Marpet from Hobart in the second round in 2015. Marpet has played guard for the Buccaneers ever since. In fact, he was named to the All-Rookie team in his first season.
If the Rams were to draft Meinerz, they’d presumably be looking to draft him with the 57th overall pick or later in the third round if he’s available.
This is also a season in which teams are meeting with a lot of prospects prior to the NFL Draft. A lot of times teams don’t end up drafting who they’ve met with or draft someone they didn’t meet with at all. One thing can be taken away however, and it’s that the Rams could be looking to make an upgrade at center in the short-term.