Which three NFL players will enjoy massive sophomore seasons?

Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers, 2021 NFL Draft. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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NFL 2022: Guard Quinn Meinerz #77 of the Denver Broncos walks off the field during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at Empower Field at Mile High on November 14, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

NFL Sophomores: Most likely to breakout

3. Quinn Meinerz, OG, Denver Broncos

The last of the sophomores in this article that I think can break out in 2022 is Quinn Meinerz of the Denver Broncos.

Meinerz was one of the last picks of the third round coming out of Wisconsin-Whitewater, a DIII school.

He began the season as a backup but played in 15 games, starting nine of them once Graham Glashow went down with a leg injury.

Meinerz held his own in 2021 as a rookie.  According to PFF, he put up some respectable numbers, playing in over 600 snaps, allowing just three sacks, and committing just two penalties, grading out at 67.4.

What might benefit Quinn Meinerz the most in 2022 is the Denver Broncos now running an outside zone scheme, which partly relies on the athleticism of offensive linemen to be effective.

Fortunately, Meinerz is stupidly athletic.  According to Ken Lee Platte, Meinerz has a 9.91 RAS score out of a possible 10, which is a system that measures overall athleticism in a variety of ways including speed and agility, while factoring in size.

Being an above-average athlete and a strong finisher as a blocker playing in an outside zone scheme is going to be a match made in heaven for Quinn Meinerz in 2022.