My good friend Justin Melo over at The Draft Wire doesn’t an incredible job interviewing upwards of 100 draft prospects throughout the offseason and leading all the way up to the draft. He’s my go-to guy to find out which prospects are meeting with which teams and it’s obviously exciting when he gets me some good news: a confirmed meeting with the Chargers and a prospect.
The latest Chargers meeting confirmed by a prospect was with Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs, the uber-athletic lineman who made waves on the internet after jumping out of Lucas Oil Stadium during this year’s combine.
#Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs worked out privately for the #Jets prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) March 26, 2020
Since then, he has FaceTimed with the #Chargers, #Dolphins and #Texans.
He has another with the #Browns coming up shortly.#NFLDraft2020 | #NFLDraft
Wirfs at about 6’5 and 320 pounds. Remember those numbers. Okay, you got them? Now, picture him jumping 36.5 inches in the vertical and 10’1 in the broad jump. That’s pretty insane, right? It better be since both marks are combine records. His mark in the vertical jump is the single-highest jump by an offensive linemen at the combine and his broad jump ties former first-round pick Kolton Miller for the furthest ever at the position.
For good measure, Wirfs clocked in at an official 4.85 in the forty-yard dash. That is MOVING for someone his size.
The hometown kid from Mount Vernon, Iowa is a physical freak and that played a part in him becoming the first true freshman to start at offensive tackle for the Hawkeyes in the 20+ years that Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz has been at the university. He played mainly on the right side, but the seamless transition to left tackle for a handful of games when Iowa’s starter, Alaric Jackson, missed some time early in the season. Even though the Chargers specifically need a left tackle, Wirfs can still fill that role.
Either way, I’d be a big fan of this pick at #6.