April 22, 2021

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Bucs Draft Day 1 Grade:

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The Buccaneers moved up from 14 to 13 overall in the draft after trading with San Francisco 49ers. With that pick the Bucs took offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs out of Iowa. This is a huge win for the Bucs who has desperately needed help along the offensive line with the departure of Demar Dotson. It should also be noted Wirfs can play both left and right tackle playing both during his time at Iowa.

Wirfs is incredibly athletic running a 4.85 40-yard dash along with a 36.5″ vertical leap which is extremely impressive for a 6’5″ 320lbs lineman. He is like a TE in a Tackles body and he uses that athleticism in a zone blocking scheme very well, usually blocking opponents all the way down the field. His upper body strength is elite and he is a gym rat. There’s even a video of him showcasing his bench press online and jumping out of a swimming pool shoulder deep in water.

Excellent choice by the Buccaneers I’m sure Tom Brady appreciates this pick as well. In my opinion, Wirfs was a top tackle in this draft and should have been a top 10 pick. Luckily for the Bucs he fell to number 13.

Grade: A+

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