Ah, the darling of the Senior Bowl, Quinn Meinerz. The division three product drew rave reviews from analysts during his time in Mobile, Alabama. He was able to put together some quality snaps against some of the best competition the collegiate ranks have to offer.
For the Bengals, picking a guy like Meinerz makes a lot of sense. With center Trey Hopkins suffering an ACL injury in the season finale, he almost assuredly won’t be ready for the first couple of weeks of the season, if not longer.
Meinerz has plenty of potential, but he’s going to need some time to fully develop before he comes into his own. Why not add him, allow him to compete with Billy Price in camp, and see who comes out on top? Allow the youngster from Wisconsin White-Water to get his feet wet right away.
Once Hopkins is ready to return, allow Meinerz to sit, learn, and develop. In a year or two, he could potentially take over as an above-average starter or even take a stab at guard. It would be nice for the Bengals to have a plan to develop offensive linemen rather than scrambling to come up with quality players year in and year out.