CB Quenton Meeks, Stanford*

6’1″ – 209 lbs. – 4.60e

Made an immediate impact at Stanford, leading the team in interceptions as a freshman and spending three years at the school before foregoing his senior season to declare for the draft. Father Ron Meeks spent over twenty seasons as a pro coach (defensive coordinator, defensive backs). Takes snaps on both sides of the line of scrimmage, but seems to play right cornerback more frequently than left. Plays a lot of shuffle coverage on the outside, and sometimes off-man, press-man, bump-and-run, or zone. Demonstrates controlled footwork and good balance when backpedaling in off-man coverage. Just an adequate athlete; doesn’t have great top-end speed or quickness. Consequently, although he does a good job of matching an opposing receiver’s release at the line of scrimmage, he may be susceptible to being beat down the sidelines by the faster receivers at the pro level. However, does a pretty good job of maximizing the utility his length affords him, using that to compensate for his lack of speed. Length also makes him a good candidate to bump-and-run at the line, although he was asked to do so on a relatively low rate of snaps. Although his closing burst is just average when planting and driving, does a pretty good job of limiting yards after the catch in off-man, where he may appeal to teams with a “bend, don’t break” philosophy on defense. Also looks smooth when shuffling, albeit with some minor technical issues such turning around instead of into receivers on the sidelines. Can be picked on by opposing quarterbacks, even at the college level; man coverage ultimately isn’t very tight, although when in position to make a play on the ball, intercepted seven passes and broke up a total of eighteen over three years. Very physical cornerback who does a good job of playing off of blocks and tackling ballcarriers. Flows well to the ball and uses his length to his advantage, keeping opposing blockers out of his frame, exhibiting good aggression and heavy hands to attack and shed blockers. Length gives him a good tackling radius, and is a reliable, physical hit-and-wrap tackler. Also has some experience rushing off the edge, usually on anticipated rushing attempts. Size, length, physicality, and tackling are skills which could appeal to teams running a “bend, don’t break” defense, but coverage may not be tight enough to warrant an early selection.

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