Report: Denver Broncos Visit With USC Offensive Tackle Chad Wheeler

The Broncos are kicking the tires on one of the USC offensive tackles who's declared for the NFL Draft.

The Denver Broncos are doing due diligence on the 2017 offensive tackle class. Although Wednesday the Broncos are scheduled to meet with one of the top tackle prospects in the NFL Draft — Alabama's Cam Robinson — the team still took the opportunity on Tuesday to have a look-see at another option. 

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Chad Wheeler is widely considered by scouts and draftniks to be a mid-round pick. Wheeler stepped in at left tackle as a redshirt freshman for the USC Trojans, and went on to start 45 games. 

When he was healthy, dating all the way back to his redshirt freshman campaign, he was USC's starting left tackle. Wheeler's issue was staying on the field. He missed significant time in each of the last three seasons due to injury. 

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Although he earned first-team All Pac-12 honors in 2016 and is as aggressive and competitive as they come, Wheeler's game is replete with shortcomings in the eyes of many scouts. Most scouts and draftniks view him as an athletic "move" blocker, best fit in a zone scheme. 

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein compared Wheeler to Denver's very own Ty Sambrailo. However, there's something to Wheeler's game that has attracted the Broncos. 

Right now, the running theme along Denver's O-line is aggression — players with the "bully" mentality. Wheeler has that in spades. The issue is, Denver already has two developmental tackles on the roster who struggle with core strength and the power to win their blocks one-on-one. They don't need another one. 

But with 10 picks in the upcoming Draft, who knows? Maybe Wheeler will impress the Broncos enough to earn a mid-to-late round flyer. 

Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.

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