Chad Wheeler

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Chad Wheeler
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Wheeler with the Giants in 2017
No. 63 – New York Giants
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1994-01-19) January 19, 1994 (age 25)
Santa Monica, California
Height:6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight:317 lb (144 kg)
Career information
High school:Santa Monica
(Santa Monica, California)
College:USC
Undrafted:2017
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Games played:27
Games started:19
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Chad Wheeler (born January 19, 1994) is an American football offensive tackle for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the USC Trojans football team from 2012 to 2016. At the end of the 2016 season, he was selected as a first-team All-Pac-12 player.[1] He was also chosen by Campus Insiders.[2] In college he suffered multiple concussions, a torn ACL, and a bout of plantar fasciitis. He was not drafted out of college due to injuries and off-the-field issues, was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent, and made his NFL debut in 2017.

Early years[edit]

Wheeler attended Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, California. He played offensive tackle and defensive end. Wheeler was rated by Rivals.com as a three-star recruit and was ranked as the 114th offensive tackle in his class.[3] He had a shoulder surgery in 2011, during his senior year.[4]

College career[edit]

He committed to the University of Southern California (USC) to play college football.[5] He suffered multiple concussions throughout his college career and also had a torn right ACL in 2014 that ended his season, and a bout of plantar fasciitis in 2016 that caused him to miss two games.[6] [4]

Violent incident[edit]

On December 19, 2015, Wheeler was involved in an incident on the USC campus. Los Angeles Police responded to a call at 8:45 AM at an apartment in South Los Angeles near the USC campus. The police arrived and a suspect, who was identified as Wheeler, was possibly under the influence of drugs and alcohol and was punching walls and windows in the apartment. After Wheeler injured his hand he ran out of the apartment, and then—ignoring the commands of police—ran back into the apartment. He was confronted by police who were concerned he might grab a weapon and got into an altercation with them that led the police to shoot him with multiple bean bag rounds, a type of less-lethal force.[7] Wheeler was detained by the police but not arrested, and was instead transported to a local hospital to be held under protective custody for a psychiatric evaluation.[8] His friend and her seven-month old son were present during the altercation; she was detained and released, the child was given to a family member.[7] As a result of the incident, Wheeler missed the Holiday Bowl.[4] Wheeler later apologized for the incident.[9]

Statistics[edit]

Year Team G GS Special Team
Blk
2013 USC 14 14 1
2014 USC 8 8 0
2015 USC 12 12 0
2016 USC 12 10 0
Career 46 44 1

Source:[10]

Professional career[edit]

Coming out of USC, Wheeler received mixed draft projections from NFL draft experts and scouts. Some analysts projected him to be a fourth or seventh round pick, while others projected him to go undrafted and be signed immediately as a priority undrafted free agent. Wheeler received an invitation to the NFL combine and completed all of the required positional and combine drills. On March 22, 2017, he opted to participate at USC's Pro Day along with JuJu Smith-Schuster, Zach Banner, Justin Davis, Taylor McNamara, Stevie Tu'ikolovatu, Adoree Jackson, Leon McQuay III, Damien Mama, and six other prospects.[11] Team representatives and scouts from all 32 NFL teams attended as Wheeler opted to run all of his combine drills again. He was able to produce a better vertical (24"), 40-yard dash (5.28), and 20-yard dash (3.05). Wheeler was ranked the 12th best offensive tackle prospect in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com.[12] Wheeler was regarded as a top prospect based solely on talent, but received mid to late round draft grades due to his history of multiple injuries and off-field incidents.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 7 in
(2.01 m)
306 lb
(139 kg)
33 18 in
(0.84 m)
9 12 in
(0.24 m)
5.42 s 1.89 s 3.14 s 5.01 s 7.95 s 20 12 in
(0.52 m)
8 ft 9 in
(2.67 m)
15 reps
All values from NFL Combine/USC's Pro Day[13]

Wheeler was not drafted out of college due to injuries and off-the-field issues.[4] On April 30, 2017, the New York Giants signed Wheeler as an undrafted free agent. He received a three-year, $1.68 million contract that includes $30,000 guaranteed and a signing bonus of $20,000.[14][15] As one of the top prized undrafted free agent, Wheeler received multiple offers and opted to sign with New York who gave him one of the largest contracts among undrafted free agent.[16]

He competed with Adam Bisnowaty and Michael Bowie throughout training camp for the job as the backup offensive tackle.[17] Head coach Ben McAdoo named Wheeler the backup left tackle, behind Ereck Flowers, to begin the regular season.[18]

On October 1, 2017, Wheeler made his regular season debut in the Giants' 23-25 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He earned his first career start against the Kansas City Chiefs in relief of injured Justin Pugh, and backup Bobby Hart.[19]

Wheeler entered the 2018 season as a backup tackle behind left tackle Nate Solder and right tackle Ereck Flowers. In Week 3, Wheeler was named the starting right tackle after struggles from Ereck Flowers, and remained there the rest of the season.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pac-12 Football Awards And All-Conference Team Announced". Pac-12 Conference. November 29, 2016. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  2. ^ "USC Left Tackle Chad Wheeler Named First Team All-American". Fox Sports. December 16, 2016. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ a b c d NFL Draft 2017 - Nolan Nawrocki - Google Books
  5. ^ Offensive lineman Chad Wheeler commits to USC
  6. ^ Richard Mejia (April 29, 2017). "2017 NFL Draft: Chad Wheeler gets snagged by the New York Giants". ninersnation.com. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Report: USC OT in protective custody for psychiatric evaluation after police altercation | FOX Sports
  8. ^ Southern Cal offensive lineman Chad Wheeler detained by police, under psychiatric evaluation - The Washington Post
  9. ^ Andrew Blankstein (December 19, 2015). "USC Football Player Chad Wheeler Gets Into Scuffle With Police". nbcnews.com. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  10. ^ "Chad Wheeler". usctrojans.com. USC Trojans. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  11. ^ Jennifer Lee Chan (March 23, 2017). "All 32 NFL teams represented at USC Pro Day". ninersnation.com. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  12. ^ "Chad Wheeler, DS #12 OT, Southern California". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  13. ^ "NFL Draft Profile: Chad Wheeler". NFL.com. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  14. ^ "Chad Wheeler contract". spotrac.com. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  15. ^ Salomone, Dan (May 11, 2017). "Complete guide to Giants' 2017 undrafted free agents". Giants.com.
  16. ^ Dan Schneider (May 9, 2017). "Chad Wheeler gets 1st-round grade from The Huddle Report". 247sports.com. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  17. ^ "Ourlads.com: New York Giants' depth chart: 08/01/2017". ourlads.com. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  18. ^ "New York Giants: Depth chart". foxsports.com. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  19. ^ "NFL Player Profile: Chad Wheeler". NFL.com. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  20. ^ Knoblauch, Austin (September 23, 2018). "Giants benching Ereck Flowers for Chad Wheeler". NFL.com.

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