Quenton Meeks, Stanford: 2018 NFL Draft Scouting Report

PULLMAN, WA - NOVEMBER 04: Tavares Martin Jr.
PULLMAN, WA - NOVEMBER 04: Tavares Martin Jr. /

Stanford’s Quenton Meeks is a cornerback prospect who features ideal measurables and plenty of experience.

Quenton Meeks has good size for the cornerback position with long arms. He does a good job using his size to his advantage which includes getting his hands on the football. His overall build also helps him in run support.

Meeks is more than willing run defender who looks to fight through blocks. He excels at making sounds tackles when his target makes a short catch. His ability to quickly close on the receiver makes him a solid fit in a zone scheme.

More from With the First Pick

This is a technically sound defensive back who plays with balance and low pad level. His balance helps him keep in-phase with his target. Meeks has a good feel for the position and is able to identify developing routes.

His awareness helps him limit separation and jump routes. It also helps him make some non-conventional plays where he peels off his assignment.

An area where Meeks can show some improvement is his ability to locate the football. He needs to do a better job getting his head around to find the ball when working in man coverage. This would make him a bigger threat to pull down more interceptions.

However, Meeks does feature good ball skills and has tallied a total of 7 interceptions in his career. Those have come with him working in a variety of coverage schemes.

Overall, this is a cornerback who has the potential to be a very effective NFL player. His combination of size, length and feel for the position are what makes him a strong prospect. He needs improve his location skills when in man coverage, but that’s something than can be addressed at the next level.

Meeks’ workout numbers at the NFL combine will play a role in where he is drafted. However, his tape is good enough to keep him in the early-round mix either way.