After addressing the defensive side of the ball in the first two rounds, the Los Angeles Chargers turned their attention to the other side of the ball.
With the 91st overall pick in the third round, the Bolts beefed up the offensive line, selecting Sioux Falls offensive tackle Trey Pipkins.
We’ll have comprehensive coverage of the newest Bolt all night long and throughout the weekend, including Pipkins first in-depth interview as the newest Charger, first impressions from General Manager Tom Telesco and Head Coach Anthony Lynn, film breakdown, photos and much, much more.
But for now, learn more about Pipkins with what NFL.com had to say about the tackle leading up to the draft.
School: Sioux Falls
Weight: 309 pounds
Pipkins was a two-year starter at Apple Valley High School in the Twin Cities area before signing with the Cougars. He played in 10 games as a reserve lineman as a redshirt freshman. After a sophomore campaign where he was named second-team All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference at left tackle, Pipkins was voted the team's Most Improved Player. He started all 12 games at left tackle in 2017, allowing just one sack and again earning second-team all-NSIC accolades. Pipkins was also an academic all-conference performer as a junior. His play in 10 starts at left tackle as a senior resulted in his finishing third in the voting for the Gene Upshaw Award (top lineman in D2) and being named first-team Division II All-American by the Associated Press and first-team All-NSIC by league coaches.
Athletic build with long limbs and room for more weight
Pass sets have NFL potential with adequate balance, anchor and foot quickness
Quick sets out on top of edge rushers to land pre-emptive strike
Plays with good knee-bend to bolster body control during mirror
Sudden power step inside to cut-off inside moves
Enough early lateral quickness to have a shot at NFL reach blocks
Strong, clenching hands provide for longer block sustains
Finisher who keeps grinding on opponents until he hears the whistle
Praised by scouts for high character and football intelligence