A local of Apple Valley, Minnesota, Pipkins starred on the offensive line for Apple Valley Excessive Faculty. As a junior, he helped lead his staff to a 8-3 report and the college’s first look within the state playoffs in over 19 years. As a senior, he blocked for a quarterback that set college data in single-season passing yards and passing touchdowns.
Pipkins stayed pretty near dwelling by committing to play on the College of Sioux Falls the place he was a three-year starter for the Cougars. After redshirting in 2014, Pipkins noticed time in 10 video games whereas enjoying primarily on particular groups and sparingly on the road. In these restricted snaps, he managed to permit zero sacks.
As a primary time starter in 2016, he bought the nod for all 10 video games the staff performed and earned his first All-NSIC honor with the second staff. He repeated the postseason accolade after beginning 12 video games the next 12 months, as nicely. In 2018, Pipkins put the cherry on high of his prolonged faculty profession by incomes not solely a First-Staff All-NSIC choice, however he was additionally voted to the AP’s Division II All-American First Staff. This was the season that helped him catch the attention of NFL scouts and it earned him an invitation to the East-West Shrine Sport to play towards a number of the greatest expertise within the nation.
In March of 2019, Pipkins additionally grew to become the primary participant from Sioux Falls to be invited to the NFL Scouting Mix and he actually didn’t disappoint. At 309 kilos, he ran a 5.12 forty-yard sprint and jumped 33.5 inches within the vertical which was a high mark amongst all offensive linemen on the occasion.
Following Pipkins’ choice with the 91st decide, the Chargers had no intentions of getting him see the sector as a rookie. Nonetheless, because of a string of accidents, Pipkins was known as upon to start out three video games, together with the ultimate two of the season.
Throughout his sophomore marketing campaign, Pipkins misplaced the coaching camp battle to Sam Tevi for the beginning left deal with spot. Nonetheless, with nagging accidents to proper deal with Bryan Bulaga, Pipkins ended up beginning 5 video games final 12 months, primarily at proper deal with.
Cannot fault the ball placement right here, Herbert put it the place solely HH could make a play. Keenan had the primary although if Herbert had been in a position to go to him, my guess is he’ll subsequent time. Watch Trey Pipkins although. That is an EXCELLENT rep towards Frank Clark. pic.twitter.com/qv2WQJp55y
— Responsible As Charged Podcast (@GACPodcast17) September 21, 2020
School: Sioux Falls
Years with staff: 2
“Trey Pipkins signed a 4 12 months, $3,607,576 contract with the Los Angeles Chargers, together with a $877,076 signing bonus, $877,076 assured, and a median annual wage of $901,894. In 2021, Pipkins will earn a base wage of $850,000, whereas carrying a cap hit of $1,069,269 and a lifeless cap worth of $438,538.” – Spotrac.com
Pipkins noticed improved play from his rookie to sophomore season with a burlier construct and a 12 months of expertise underneath his belt. He nonetheless presents the best bodily make-up for a NFL deal with however lacking a complete offseason as a result of pandemic didn’t assist his case. Particularly for somebody popping out of the Division II ranks.
He has the possibility to win the swing deal with job in coaching camp.
As I acknowledged above, Pipkins noticed enchancment but it surely wasn’t the kind of development that moved the needle all that a lot. He didn’t win the beginning left deal with job as Sam Tevi beat him out in coaching camp however that’s could also be extra as a result of Tevi’s shocking enchancment versus Pipkins’ lack thereof. When Tevi left to signal with the Colts, that opened the door for Pipkins to take the left deal with job for himself, however the brand new teaching employees was clearly less-than-impressed and determined to spend their first-round decide on Rashawn Slater who figures to be the penciled-in starter on Justin Herbert’s blindside.
Odds of constructing the roster/What to anticipate in 2021?
Pipkins will make the ultimate roster because the staff’s possible swing deal with. That is the best-case situation for him as he solely has to beat out Storm Norton for the function, however that is probably not as straightforward because it sounds. Norton performed admirably in his restricted snaps a 12 months in the past so I’d count on a professional competitors between these two. Other than Norton, there isn’t anybody else worthy of being considered as competitors for Pipkins throughout camp.