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Quinn Meinerz finds a home in Denver

The Wisconsin-Whitewater offensive lineman was selected 98th overall by the Broncos, and George Paton’s happy with how it came together

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After trading back twice (Giants, Saints), the Broncos used their No. 98 pick on Wisconsin-Whitewater OL Quinn Meinerz.

Meinerz, aka “The Gut,” is no joke. This Division III player didn’t even have a season last year (it was canceled due to COVID-19), yet he was invited to play in the Senior Bowl.

Meinerz has a long reach and savvy coordination. He’s explosive and able to block defenders with leverage.

Apart from those things, he’s also flexible. Meinerz can be used as center or guard, both positions where Broncos could use some help.

The two-time All-WIAC is full of drive as well as talent. Even with a canceled season, Meinerz didn’t stop playing football. He spent the year training for the NFL Draft at his uncle’s cabin in Canada, often incorporating nature into his workouts.

Broncos GM George Paton is satisfied with securing both Meinerz and Ohio State OLB Barron Browning.

“We got the two players we wanted,” he said, noting how rare that is when a team has moved as far back in Draft picks as they did.

“The room was happy,” Paton added, “I was happy. It doesn’t always work out like that but it worked out today.”


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