Two For Tuesday: Quenton Meeks, CB

 

If the Patriots plan is to wait on CB, Meeks could be an option on the 2nd Day of the Draft.

NEPD Staff Contributor: Jeff Fidler

 

 

Quenton Meeks – Patriot-Type Player – Stanford – CB/DB – 6’1/210

 

Background

  • Born 6-20-97. Son of Ron Meeks and Nikki Mitchell
  • Son of former NFL D.C.  (15+ years) & college football player Ron Meeks & plays like it. Father showed him the importance of mental side of the game from a coaching p.o.v. & Quenton has been a film nut since.
  • Lettered in football, track and field, and baseball
  • Sociology Major
  • Smart guy that has always done well in academics.



Strengths

  • Very good H/W @ 6’1+/210 w/ big hands. Knows how to use his size.
  • Football I.Q. & Ball skills – Watching film is a hobby. Studies QB’S, formations, WR’S & player tendencies. Great job at peeking at the QB, WR eyes/hands & turning to make a play on the ball. 0 penalties last year. QB’S always know where he is from play to play, game to game.
  • Man/Off, Zone – At times will punch & harass his man down the sideline, force him to stop his feet & go inside & can stay w/ him. At times will mirror in short/intermediate areas. Competes for everything & fights through the WR hands & arm. Good patience. Can click & close before/as the QB is throwing from diagnosing the play. Great awareness, understands his space, when to switch off.
  • Versatility, C.O.D. & Footwork – Can play in any scheme & is a possible match up guy for bigger WR’S & maybe some TE’S. Possible S convert bc of instincts, smarts & physicality? Very good, solid tackler. Efficient, solid footwork, pedal & transition. Good c.o.d , esp for a big CB. Can hang w/ WR going underneath & across the middle.
  • Tough, Physical & very willing tackler who gets low & drives through his man. Will thump a guy if he gets the chance. Very reliable in run support.

 

Concerns

  • Quick Burner types (Cooks, D-Jax, Baldwin etc) might be a problem. Guys w/ quick feet to create space & long speed. Meeks is as fundamental & sound as they come but long speed & burst aren’t his best assets.
  • At times will get top heavy & have his upper body too far out in front of him. Usually bc he wants to make solid contact at the l.o.s. Good WR’S w/ multiple releases, good hands, will take advantage.
  • Meeks has to be committed to get hands on his man either at the l.o.s. or in route. It’s one of his biggest strengths but varies from time to time. I’m sure some of that is bc of what he’s being asked to do but he has be more consistent.

 

Summary

Every draft there are guys that scream New England Patriots. Meeks is one of those players. He’s a smart guy & player who puts the team first. He’s tough, versatile & can make a play on the ball if given the chance. He’s been coached on & off the field by his father, Ron who has done it at a high level, for a very long time. Like every player Meeks has his flaws but some are coachable & he’s so young

 

Traits That Translate

Here are some clips that show off Meek’s skill set.

 

https://twitter.com/LedyardNFLDraft/status/966795642713640960

 

 

https://twitter.com/catanovski/status/967307940179927041?s=09

 

23 Responses to “Two For Tuesday: Quenton Meeks, CB”

  1. Matt H says:

    Post FA Mock Draft I would love to see

    1st – Sam Hubbard DE Ohio State (4-3 DE but can also play at linebacker – reminds me a lot of Ninkovich and Vrabel)

    2nd – Lorenzo Carter LB Georgia (Athletic LB that can rush the passer, drop in coverage vs. tight ends and running and play vs. the run)

    2nd – Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma (Could be a steal if he falls to this point in the draft. Was projected to be 1st round pick but had a terrible combine. Turn on the tape and you can see the talent)

    3rd – Nyheim Hines RB N.C. State (Explosive back who can run and catch
    the ball- could possibly take over Dion Lewis role in time- BB was at his pro day scouting him)

    4th – Kyle Lauletta QB Richmond (Developmental QB with great intangibles. Looked great at the Senior Bowl- could be the heir to Brady in 3-4 years when Brady hangs them up)

    6th – Darell Williams LSU RB (Between the tackles thumping runner-overshadowed @ LSU by Guice- probably a good idea to select a few RB since it’s been awhile and I don’t think Gilleslee or Hill who is on a 1 year deal is the answer)

    7th – Braxton Berrios WR Miami (Excellent slot receiver and worth a flier on late in the draft

    • steve earle says:

      Could be right about Orlando Brown but I expect he will be falling much further then a 2nd rd. Even so I wouldn’t have the courage to draft him. He is just as possibly going to be a bust so let someone else stick their neck out.

    • jimr says:

      Like this Mock, checks a lot of the boxes

  2. Stephen J says:

    One thing I’ve been surprised about so far is that Eric Reid one of the better Safeties in the league hasn’t garnered any attention in Free Agency and is still available with no scheduled visits lined up. Has his stock been lowered significantly because of his kneeling if so will it also affect his brother’s draft stock Justin Reid the same way since they share the same view. As of right now it seems that Justin is getting plenty of attention but is that teams doing their due diligence because of the kneeling issue or are teams genuinely interested in him and his on field skills.

    • steve earle says:

      Well that’s a question? Take someone smarter then me to answer it with any certainly but NFL GM’s have such pressure to win I have a reasonable doubt they would pass up a high value prospect because of that issue. Just my guess.

      • Stephen J says:

        The only issue with that is this It seems that this issue is coming from the owners and IF that is the case, and your a GM and you value your job would you go against the owner. That would be like GM BB saying player X is the best by far and fits everything we need and are looking for therefore I am selecting him even though he has an assault charge against a woman to Robert Kraft. Yeah that would go over well. Not happening at least here in Patriots land somewhere else maybe.

        • steve earle says:

          If it’s coming from the owners, yes but how many owners? I don’t know what the answer is either but all it takes is one owner to tell his GM to take the guy. I wonder how much the knee issue will effect the draft when it comes down to it. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens then try to figure why?

  3. Stephen J says:

    Radio Producer Dustin Swedelson tweets Bret Bielema out here at USC Pro Day wearing Patriots gear

  4. Stephen J says:

    The WR Scouting continues.

    When BB was at South Carolina’s Pro Day all the attention went in two directions TE Hayden Hurst and S/LB Skai Moore. The third area that was scouted and didn’t get hardly any mentions is WR Vyncint Smith. He is a D2 WR from Limestone. BB met with Vyncint after his pro day workout. Here is how Vyncint’s day went. He measured in at 6’3″ 197 lbs 4.36 40, 39.5″ vert, 10’10” broad, 4.06 20 shuttle and a 6.67 and 6.85 3-cone. With how many WR the Patriots have scouted so far it wouldn’t be a surprise to see at least one come from this draft be it the draft itself or in undrafted free agency and Vyncint is one of those to keep in mind when it comes to Undrafted Free Agency.

  5. John says:

    So far, I’m not down on what the Patriots have done in free agency. Solder being the highest paid OT in the league is a bit absurd. He’s good, but’s not THAT good. Replacing him will be difficult, but it is do-able, and considering guys they need to pay next year (COOKS/MASON!!), I think it was a solid move.

    I like the Patterson trade, and the Hill signing. Motivated Hill will be crucial. Patterson will fix return game, and could benefit from Brady as a QB. Amendola was overpaid, although that loss hurts. However, we will have Edelman and Mitchell back. WR/TE: Cooks, Edelman, Gronk, Hogan, Patterson, Mitchell, is already a solid receiving core.

    Thuney, Andrews, Mason, Cannon, is a pretty decent OLine (from LT rightward).

    Draft Needs:

    LT (OT, in general)
    OFFBALL LB
    EDGE/DE
    SAF/HYB LB
    RB

    Here’s my mock (no-trades, used Fanspeak on difficult)

    1. Kolton Miller OT
    2. Justin Reid SAF
    2. Lorenzo Carter EDGE/LB/OLB
    3. Nyheim Hines RB

  6. kevin z says:

    trade Malcom brown for a 3rd and 5th rd pick I know Det wants a DT

    1st:Colton Miller OL
    2nd:Fred Warner Hybrid good in space
    2nd:Tim Settle Int DT
    3rd James Looney DL good in space nice with his hands
    3rd: Tyquan Lewis DE Effort type Hot motor
    4th:Jaylyn Holmes DE upside Upside pick athletic Raw
    5th Ito smith RB catch rush pass protect
    6thPhillip Lindsay RB hyper type can rush catch pass protect plus play ST one fav players for Pats
    7th:Wooside QB

    • steve earle says:

      Trade DT Brown? That’s not that crazy when I think about it and you follow up by mocking Tim Settle. Just the kind of unexpected thing BB might do. Good thinking outside the box Kevin.

  7. Russell says:

    I agree with Stephen seeing Meeks more as a FS like McCourty. I don’t see Meeks as a CB with 4.64 speed in the 40 yd. I compare Meeks in this draft, to Quin Blanding , 4.62 40 yd., and see Meeks as a 3d-4th round guy.
    I could see the Patriots drafting him, but 3d round maybe.

  8. brandonmaxham says:

    mock draft 3/21:

    1st:Brian O’Neil OT – abit of a project could sit a year if Patriots get Fleming /Waddle back or trust either Tobin or Garcia.

    2nd:Fred Warner ILB/OLB – a versatile LB who can play all the LB positions.

    2nd:Dallas Goedert TE -probably the best TE in the draft or at the very least top 3.

    3rd:Chase Edmonds RB – a binkie of mine , can catch and run the ball well.

    4th:Skai Moore OLB/S – might be better fit as a versatile Safety.

    6th:Ade Aruna OLB/DE -fits better as OLB , has a high ceiling but is raw .

    7th:Dylan Cantrell WR – if he fell here he could be a steal , could be a slot WR but can line up anywhere.

  9. kevin z says:

    I like Meeks just know need to reach though like said deep draft for CB so 3rd rd or later .

    1st – Colton Miller OL
    2nd – Tim Settle DT Rush lined up all over for VT
    2nd – Oren Burks Hybrid smart can blitz rangy killed 3 cone and 20 yard shuttle for his size reminds of Thomas Davis and telvin Smith
    3rd – James Looney DL line up all over Good in space went to Cal is smart
    4th – Kameron Kelly CB good skills being compared to DRC
    6th – Coles Reyes S Rangy ball skills
    7th – Woodside QB

    • carlo strada says:

      After landing fellow Shelton, you know Tim Settle would be way redundant (i think)…just my thought

      • kevin z says:

        I think need a rushing type DT to help with pressure all DT we have are the same. Brown plus Shelton have one year left of control atm

  10. Stephen J says:

    Meet the next ILB that the Patriots are showing interest in.

    Cal LB Devonte Downs. He measured in at 6′ 2 3/8″ 252 lbs at Cals Pro day and only did the bench where he did 23 reps. He is still recovering from a season ending lower leg/knee injury.

    Why is he drawing so much interest? Though he only played in 6 1/2 games he was 5th among Pac12 Lb’s in QB Pressures and Defensive Stops. PFF had him as Cal’s highest rated player in 2017. He was the highest rated Pac12 LB in pass rushing productivity where he had 13 pressures in 50 pass rush attempts. One stat that amazes me is in just 6 1/2 games he amassed 65 total tackles 36 being solo. That’s over 10 tackles per game. He also has this knack for knocking the ball loose one thing that the Pats love.

    I have to dig into more tape of him to get a better overall picture but here is his 2017 highlights

  11. Matt H says:

    Post FA Mock Draft I would love to see

    1st – Sam Hubbard DE Ohio State (4-3 DE but can also play at linebacker – reminds me a lot of Ninkovich and Vrabel)

    2nd – Lorenzo Carter LB Georgia (Athletic LB that can rush the passer, drop in coverage vs. tight ends and running and play vs. the run)

    2nd – Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma (Could be a steal if he falls to this point in the draft. Was projected to be 1st round pick but had a terrible combine. Turn on the tape and you can see the talent)

    3rd – Nyheim Hines RB N.C. State (Explosive back who can run and catch
    the ball- could possibly take over Dion Lewis role in time- BB was at his pro day scouting him)

    4th – Kyle Lauletta QB Richmond (Developmental QB with great intangibles. Looked great at the Senior Bowl- could be the heir to Brady in 3-4 years when Brady hangs them up)

    6th – Darell Williams LSU RB (Between the tackles thumping runner-overshadowed @ LSU by Guice- probably a good idea to select a few RB since it’s been awhile and I don’t think Gilleslee or Hill who is on a 1 year deal is the answer)

    7th – Braxton Berrios WR Miami (Excellent slot receiver and worth a flier on late in the draft)

  12. steve earle says:

    I don’t have to be convinced on Meeks. If I thought he might be available I’d say sure. Thing is he will be long gone at our #31. To move up to get him would cost a small fortune in draft picks/ players. How much is to much?

  13. Stephen J says:

    Yeah not a fan of Quenton Meeks as a CB.

    Like Dante Scarnecchia about long arm’s what good is long arms if you don’t use them properly. I have the same problem with Meeks what good is having a good IQ and only using it partially.

    For Example in this play below he uses his IQ to time the snap and jam the WR at the line but what about the rest of the play its like he takes it off mentally thinking he had him beat/stopped. Then when he realizes the play isn’t over he struggles to cover him.

    https://twitter.com/BradKelly17/status/971636108957224960

    Here is another play against Notre Dames Equanimeous St. Brown. Watch at the top of the screen where ESB fakes outside Meeks bites on the fake and gets beat inside

    https://twitter.com/OaklandScout/status/965966350949662720

    I see many say he is good on the LOS but that is not what I see. I see plays like the two above consistently where he gets beat.

    He is good when the ball is in front of him but I just don’t see it when he plays the LOS/Pressman he is in no way a lock down or even a cover corner. I see him as a better FS than CB. He is another player that reminds me of Devin McCourty.

  14. brandonmaxham says:

    I really like the thought of Meeks possible being drafted by the Patriots. He ‘s a really good player who could use improvement but does a lot of things well.

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