TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – With the 13th pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Tristan Wirfs.
Wirfs is an OT from Iowa. He was named the 2019 Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the year. He was a first-team All-America selection by football writers and a second-team All-America selection by The Associated Press in 2019 as well.
The OT has a rare athletic ability for someone his size and can play both RT and LT. In his three seasons at Iowa, he started 43 games – 40 at right tackle and three at left tackle.
The 6’5″ and 320-pound Wirfs has a wrestling background that shows up on tape, and he can manhandle defensive linemen.
His NFL.com analysis from the combine describes him as a right tackle with an “elite body type and freaky testing potential.”
Buccaneers Director of Player Personnel John Spytek said Wirfs is a player that’s been on Tampa Bay’s radar for a long time.
“He went to Iowa and played a lot of football for a program that does a really, really good job of developing offensive linemen,” Spytek said. “Then you just put the tape on – he’s athlete, he’s graceful. His athletic ability stood out at the Combine but it was clear when we watched him back in September, the early tape this year, that he was going to be a high pick and it just kept trending that way.”
According to the Buccaneers, Wirfs is the first offensive tackle drafted by Tampa Bay in the first round in nearly two decades and the first offensive lineman drafted by the team in the first round since 2006.
The Buccaneers selected Wirfs 13th overall after trading up from spot 14 with the San Francisco 49ers.