The Tampa Bay Buccaneers pulled a 2020 (yes, we're using that as a verb now) and traded up for the first time in General Manager Jason Licht's Buccaneer career in the first round. They moved up one spot with San Francisco, getting the deal done with former Buc and current 49er General Manager John Lynch, to take offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs out of Iowa.
Here are a few things to know about the newest Buccaneer:
1. Wirfs played his college ball for the Iowa Hawkeyes.
He was the first true freshman to start at right tackle in the entire Kirk Ferentz era at Iowa. Ferentz has been the head coach of the Hawkeyes since 1999, by the way. He'd remain the starter, alternating between the right and left sides. Wirfs started all 13 games of his junior season in 2019, 10 at right tackle and three at left, showcasing his athleticism and versatility. For his efforts, he earned Second-Team AP All-American honors and was named the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year.
Licht mentioned Wirfs is a 'low-key' guy and is pretty much the prototype of a Midwestern offensive lineman.
2. He had one of the most insane Combine performances from an offensive lineman in recent memory.
Wirfs blew everyone away in Indianapolis this year. His 4.85 40-yard dash was the fastest for any offensive lineman in the 2020 class. But it was perhaps his vertical of 36.5 inches that was most impressive. It was a modern-day record among the position. He then followed it up with a 10'1" broad jump, tying a Combine record, just for good measure. It solidified what many, including the Bucs, already knew about him: he's athletic.
3. Wirfs is a former wrestler.
He was the heavyweight state champion in 2017 as a senior. He wrestled because his friends did and his high school wrestling coach's family had even been the Wirfs children's babysitters growing up. Wirfs also loved baseball as a kid. He was known in his hometown for hitting home runs. Even as a pre-teen his power was there and he loved it - it was actually his first love.
4. He grew up in Mount Vernon, Iowa.
Wirfs and his sister Kaylia grew up with a single mother in Mount Vernon. It's clear both he and his mom have a close bond. Before the draft kicked off tonight, he rolled out the red carpet for her outside their home, where he was waiting at the end with flowers. Given the circumstances, they should have been in Las Vegas, but Wirfs went ahead and made it special for his mother, anyway.
5. Did we mention he's athletic?
View pictures of OT Tristan Wirfs, the 13th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.