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.
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.
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.
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.