7 players who should be on Steelers radar after Senior Bowl week

National offensive lineman Quinn Meinerz of Wisconsin -Whitewater (71). Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports
National offensive lineman Quinn Meinerz of Wisconsin -Whitewater (71). Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports /
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The 2021 Senior Bowl is now behind us and there were a number of players who stood out. Here are seven players the Steelers should add to their watch list. 

Apart from the draft itself and the NFL Combine (which we won’t have the pleasure of viewing this year), Senior Bowl week is one of my favorite parts of the offseason. We get to see dozens of draft hopefuls square off against each other in a battle for draft position this April. This offseason, the Steelers clearly have a ton of needs that will be addressed through their nine draft choices and many of the players we viewed this week could wind up in Pittsburgh.

While I always enjoy watching the game and taking notes, the practice sessions are even more telling. After viewing all of the practice sessions and carefully observing the positional drills, I really started to notice the players that set themselves apart from the rest. Here are seven players who should be on the Steelers radar after strong performances at the 2021 Senior Bowl:

Quinn Meinerz, C, Wisconsin-Whitewater

I can sit here and tell you that a center was the single most exciting player to watch during Senior Bowl week, and if you took the time to grind the tape, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Oklahoma’s Creed Humphry may have been the most consistent player for either team all week, but the player I’m referring to is someone that not many have ever heard of before this week: Quinn Meinerz.

Despite coming from a Division III program at Wisconsin-Whitewater, Meinerz shockingly looked like a man among boys as he stonewalled rushers and routinely flattened them into the turf. Meinerz was a first-team All-American in 2019 but sat out the 2020 season. With no tape from last year and coming from an incredibly small program, Quinn Meinerz still comes with some questions, but the dominance we saw all week at Senior Bowl practices was quite compelling.