Chad Wheeler
Projection
Round 3-4
Grade
B
6.50
Potential Starter

Chad Wheeler

Offensive Tackle
USC
  • Year: Redshirt Senior
  • Height: 6-6 3/4
  • Weight: 306
  • 40-Yard: 5.48
  • Arm: N/A
  • Hand: N/A

Strong Points

Four-year starter at left tackle. Strong on contact, shows some pop. Looks athletic with quick feet. Able to pull and make a productive block in space. Good hand use, stays on his feet. Shows he can mirror in pass protection. Plays with bend.

Weak Points

Had a poor Combine, showing lack of strength (15 reps on the bench press), explosion (20-inch vertical jump) and quickness (5.01 short shuttle). Lacks a big, thick frame and might not get bigger than 310. Lacks functional strength and can give ground to explosive bull rushers.

The Way We See It

I like what I see on tape but the bottom line is he plays better than he tests. He lacks ideal size, strength, explosiveness and athleticism to be a winning player in the NFL. On tape, he is steady and alert, shows some athleticism and plays with bend. He is well coached and knows how to get and keep good positioning. While he plays well against college-level talent, I am beginning to feel that won't happen in the NFL. My original grade was too high. I had him in the second round coming out of the season but now I feel like he is more of a fourth-rounder who needs development. Might not have the natural traits to be more than an adequate backup.