The University of Sioux Falls had a player participate in the NFL Combine for the first time in program history in early March, and offensive lineman Trey Pipkins has spent the past month attempting to improve his draft stock.
After closing his college football career last November, Trey Pipkins, and his 6’7″ 307-pound frame, made the move to Arizona to train for the NFL Draft.
“Obviously God has blessed him with some tremendous ability but a guy that leveraged that ability and improved every year that we had him. He had a tremendous senior season, he was a great team leader for us. You know, one of the best offensive linemen at the division two level,” USD head coach Jon Anderson said.
USF head coach Jon Anderson received an email in December, inviting Pipkins to the NFL Combine, and was excited to share the news.
“Just to be able to have a guy that’s accomplished like that, it’s a very select group it’s a capped deal. There’s only about 55 o-linemen, somewhere in that number, that were invited and it was really cool,” Anderson said.
The transition from division two to the NFL isn’t an easy one, but Pipkins says he’s used to competing against elite players.
“It’s not that different, I’ve been around this kind of stuff before. I was lucky enough to play with some really good athletes in high school who had this kind of national attention. I’ve seen it, I’ve been around it,” NFL Draft prospect Trey Pipkins said.
“Pipkins was projected a 6th or 7th round pick, but his success at the East/West Shrine Bowl back in January has elevated his draft stock to be a 5th round projection,” KELOLAND’s Grant Sweeter said.
“Just showing that I can compete at the top level and I have explosive numbers too that are on par with the next level type of people, so I think it’s showing that I have those measurables and showing I can compete with those high level guys at the Shrine game,” Pipkins says.
Meeting with NFL teams is next on Pipkins’ list of things to do, as he’ll visit with five teams over the next weeks.
“So I’m meeting with the Vikings, the Rams, the Texans, the Colts, and honestly they’re called 30 visits and I’m not really sure what to expect from them, I think it’s just a job interview type thing,” Pipkins said.
Pipkins was one of six DII athletes to attend the NFL Combine, but the lone player from the NSIC. The NFL Draft begins April 25th.