The Chargers look to be doing their due diligence in trying to add some depth at the offensive tackle position without having to spend multiple high picks on them.
According to a report from Mike Kaye, the Philadelphia Eagles beat reporter for NJ.com, the Chargers met with both starting offensive tackles for the Villanova Wildcats, Ethan Greenidge and Brandon Hitner.
Hitner, a 6-foot-6, 305-pound former guard, was considered a “late-bloomer” by Villanova head coach Mark Ferrante. However, at his recent pro day on Monday, Hitner blew the whole thing up, posting a number of measurements that would have been in the top-5 of his position at the NFL combine, including his 32.5-inch vertical and his 9’7.5” broad jump.
His 5.16-second forty wasn’t too bad, either.
“That was surreal,” Hitner said about his performance on Monday. “It was definitely a great moment, just because I haven’t achieved much at this point and time but I know I’m moving in the right direction ... I’m just trying to showcase my talent to as many teams as possible.”
Hitner has also garnered interest from the Houstan Texans and was invited to the Philadelphia Eagles’ local pro day next month.
The #Chargers took Villanova OT Ethan Greenidge to dinner on a pre-pro day visit this weekend, per source. The program’s pro day is on Monday.— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) March 24, 2019
Greenidge, a multi-year starter on the offensive line, was also courted by the Chargers the evening before the team’s pro day.
At 6-foot-4 and 327 pounds, Greenidge has the experience and length to play both left and right tackle but is built more like a guard at the next level. In his final year at ‘Nova, he started all 10 games, playing seven at left tackle and three at right tackle, being named to the First-Team All-CAA squad. His three starts at right tackle were when his teammate Hitner went down with a meniscus injury late in the season.