The 2018 NFL Draft has arrived and Stanford’s Quenton Meeks is projected to hear his name called this week.
So what does 6-foot-2 Meeks have to bring to the table to whatever team gives him a chance to play on Sundays?
Here’s 5 things to know about the Stanford defensive back:
1. He’s got a great relationship with fellow Stanford alum Richard Sherman
As The Athletic reports, Meeks sought out advice from Sherman during his time at Stanford.
“He told me to be physical at the line of scrimmage,” Meeks said of Sherman after working through drills at the 49ers’ local pro day on Wednesday at Levi’s Stadium.
Meeks and Sherman have gotten so close that Meeks wants to be drafted by the San Francisco 49ers.
Sherman was a fifth-round pick when he was selected, and Meeks is projected to go in that range.
2. He wants to play cornerback in the NFL
According to SB Nation, the Stanford defensive back wants to play corner on Sundays.
“I would love to continue to play the position I’ve been playing the last two years at Stanford,” Meeks said. “Whatever position I get drafted as, I’m going to come in and compete for a starting job. Whether that’s at cornerback, nickel or safety, I can come in and learn it right away. One of the good things about me is my football knowledge, and I can learn positions really easily. I just want to ball.”
3. His father coached in the NFL
Ron Meeks, Quenton’s father, was a defensive coach in the league from 1991-2012. His most notable stint along an NFL sideline came when he was the defensive coordinator for Indianapolis Colts during the team’s Super Bowl XLI championship.
4. His biggest weakness is straight line speed
Meeks didn’t run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. He registered a 4.49 pro day time, but The Athletic highlighted his speed as a potential flaw.
However, one of my concerns with Meeks is his long speed. He didn’t run the 40-yard dash at the combine but ran a 4.49 at his pro day. Pro day times can be generous, so take that time with a grain of salt. On film, he just didn’t show that he was capable of reaching a second gear when he’s chasing guys down, which is worrisome because he’s going to be put on an island with receivers that can flat-out fly in the NFL.
5. He was second-team All-Pac-12
As a senior, Meeks was named to the Pac-12’s second-team defense. That marked the third All-Pac-12 honor for Meeks, who was also second-team as a junior and honorable mention as a sophomore.
Over three seasons at Stanford, Meeks racked up 115 tackles and 7 interceptions. His best season was his senior campaign, when Meeks tallied 61 tackles and a pair of picks.