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Quenton Meeks Is A Student Of The Game Who Has The Talent To Grow Into A Starter For The Redskins

Hogs Haven takes a look at 2018 NFL Draft Prospects that could contribute to the Redskins

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Quenton Meeks, CB
School: Stanford | Conference: PAC 12
College Experience: Junior | Age: 21?
Height / Weight: 6-1 / 209 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 3rd Round or 4th Round
NFL Comparison: Trumaine Johnson

College Statistics

Player Overview

Quenton Meeks was a 4-star prospect out of San Diego, California. He is the son of Ron Meeks who was a coach for many NFL teams including the Redskins in 2000. The elder Meeks most notably was the defensive coordinator for the Colts during their Super Bowl winning season in 2006. Quenton has been exposed and around football from an early age and with his dad being a defensive backs coach he already has a good grasp on the fundamentals. Meeks has the size and length that is coveted by NFL teams at the position and athletically he has tested very well. He is a fluid player who matches up well with his opponents and can stick with them on routes. Quarterbacks tested the opposite side of the field first before trying him. He also is a natural catcher and when he’s had the chance has come away with some nice interceptions. He is more than just a good coverage defender too. He takes pride in run support and is an aware and active player coming up and defending the LOS. He has some power in his size and can bring tough hits as well. I think Meeks is one of the more well-rounded players you can find in the middle rounds of this draft. He has a high floor and has the potential to make the jump to starting corner with a few years of development.

Strengths

  • Excellent size, athleticism, and speed for the position.
  • Technically sound corner who goes back to the fundamentals. Son of a coach who has been praised by coach David Shaw for being a student of the game and film junkie.
  • Can play press and off coverage. Can blanket his opponents for the first 25 yards or so. Doesn't have the best acceleration but is aided by the fluidity of his footwork and hips and ability to turn and go with the receiver.
  • Ball skills are there and he made the most of the opportunities he got.
  • Active and eager to come up and help in run support and is a solid tackler.

Weaknesses

  • Has good speed but lacks that second or third gear to keep up with deep threat opponents with great acceleration.
  • Lacks some stop and go quickness which can get him into trouble if he takes a false step covering a route with some shake in it.
  • Needs to refine ability to compete at the catch point a bit. Can be late turning his head and getting his arms into position.

Let's see his work:

More Quenton Meeks videos

How He Would Fit On The Redskins

Quenton Meeks shows how deep this cornerback class is and how loaded it is with talent. In a shallow CB class, Meeks might be a 2nd round selection. I think he is a well-rounded player at the position who should contribute immediately as a key special teams player and I think his floor is a solid depth outside corner. Meeks passion for the game and football IQ are evident and I think Meeks is the type of all-around player with solid athleticism and ball skills the Redskins have been adding to their secondary for a few years now. With Orlando Scandrick not being in their long-term plans, I can see the Redskins taking another cornerback in this draft. Meeks does not need to play catch up like other prospects regarding his technique so I think the team should feel confident putting him out there on special teams and even in coverage situation should an unfortunate circumstance happen like an injury or suspension. Fabian Moreau is set to take over Bahsaud Breeland’s spot this year as CB2. With Josh Norman’s contract up in two seasons Moreau could be looking at a shot to be CB1 and a player like Meeks could be CB2.