Trey Pipkins could break the mold for the University of Sioux Falls, which has never had a non-specialist drafted.
Pipkins was invited to the East-West Shrine game as well as the Scouting Combine, so he’s clearly a player the NFL believes has a ‘draftable’ grade.
At this point in the draft, you are looking at players you feel are either going to be top special teams contributors, have developmental potential, or will sign with a different team as a UDFA.
Pipkins’ case is probably a combination of all three. I could see a team going for him a round earlier than this but if he falls to round seven, he has the potential to develop into a starting left tackle in the NFL and at worst would be a nice swing guy for the Broncos.
Heck, they could even try moving Pipkins to guard if they want.
The Broncos hired Mike Munchak to make their offensive line great, and Munchak has a history of developing unheralded guys into starters.
Pipkins needs some coaching on NFL concepts, but he’s worthy of a flyer at this point in the draft and would be a nice sleeper selection.