UW-Whitewater's Quinn Meinerz excited to learn his future in the NFL Draft
WAUEKESHA, WI (CBS 58) - A day Hartford native Quinn Meinerz has been waiting on is almost here.
The former UW-Whitewater standout hopes to hear his name called in this year’s NFL Draft.
This past year has provided the perfect opportunity for Meinerz to raise his draft stock. UW-Whitewater did not have a season due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Meinerz headed to Texas to work with Duke Manyweather, who is an offensive line consultant, to help improve his skills.
Meinerz was impressive enough in workouts that he got an invite to the Senior Bowl. He performed so well there that he was invited to the virtual combine and held his own Pro Day at UW-Whitewater.
“I don’t think anyone can really believe it yet,” laughed Meinerz. “I really can’t comprehend the magnitude of things that are happening. Even the Senior Bowl, still, imagining what happens if I don’t do that.”
The Warhawks have not had a player drafted since 2007 when Derek Stanley was taken in the seventh round. The highest a Division III football player has ever been drafted is 61st overall in the second round in 2015. That year, the Buccaneers took offensive lineman Ali Marpet from Hobart.
The NFL Draft begins on Thursday, April 29th at 7 p.m. and runs through May 1.
Meinerz will watch virtually from home with his family and a few friends.
Watch an extended interview with Meinerz below: