Welcome To Your Computer, Tristan Wirfs

April 24th, 2020

Developing an offensive lineman is a process, and it will be especially challenging this season as players won’t wear cleats around coaches for months.

Bucco Bruce Arians touched on that late last night after picking beastly Iowa tackle Tristan Wirfs.

“I think one thing is not to force it,” Arians said of working with the No. 13 overall pick.

“Let him come along at his pace. I think he’s coming from a place that is similar to what we do set-wise and pass protections, run-game-wise. He’s extremely well-coached, so I think he’s ahead of the curve that way and should allow us to put him in the lineup when he is ready. We’re not going to just throw him out there until he’s ready.”

Talent certainly won’t be an issue with Wirfs, a noted explosive strongman.

“I can honestly say I don’t think I’ve ever seen [an offensive lineman] do the things that he does athletically as far as numbers,” Arians said. “On the tape he’s a powerful, powerful run-blocker, extremely light-footed.

“So yeah, I mean you see everything you’re looking for. It’s just when is he going to be ready? We did spend a lot of time talking to him. We did virtual interviews. did everything to get to know him. And he’s a very, very humble, quiet guy. I really. really like the guy. You know, I think it’s going to be a really good fit.”

Yeah, Arians is talking the talk about Wirfs getting “ready,” but general manager Jason Licht already said Wirfs will start at right tackle.

He certainly is a relatively safe, plug-and-play prospect, so Joe certainly isn’t concerned about Wirfs, but the weird offseason is a wild card.

No matter how perfect these prospects are in the top half of the first round, still about half of them make their teams cry with regret. It’s what makes the draft so intriguing.

15 Responses to “Welcome To Your Computer, Tristan Wirfs”

  1. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Once Godell opens the NFL up in mid May…will that allow all of the rookies to come down to Tampa. I am pretty sure Desantis will be opening Florida into the Trump phases starting May 4; that would mean by May 20ish the bucs should be good to go in Florida and just need to wait on the commish.

  2. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Great match of need and BPA

  3. Matt Says:

    Check out Wirfs’ Instagram! He’s a wholesome young man who is family centric. He’s going to be A Pro Bowler and a leader.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We need to somehow come out of this draft with 3 plug & play starters…….RT,RB, S……no matter what we have to do…..trade OJ….next year’s pick……our 5,6th & 2 7ths……….we need those 3 players….

  5. Robert Says:

    start him at tackle, put him in as guard on goal line.

    nice pick, like the background as much or more than the measurable’s.

    He was the OT that looked to be running through people as I watched the draft and highlights last night.

  6. Danny C Says:

    Extremely happy with this pick, when Arizona passed on a tackle, I knew we would land one of the big 4 and we did. Great job Licht!

    Anyone heard of what we gave up to move up 1 spot?

  7. Steven007 Says:

    Danny, we used our second fourth-rounder. I wouldn’t be surprised to see us hustle the next few rounds to try to regain a 4th since we have a glut of late-round picks.

  8. Cobraboy Says:

    Also seems like a high-character guy.

    Props on the pick, Buccaneers. You done good.

  9. Sarasota Garey Says:

    I think we have 2 or 3 7’s now.

  10. Allbuccedup Says:

    Start today shopping Howard for possible move up piece in the second round and land Swift.

  11. JP09 Says:

    Welcome to Tampa Mr. Wirfs!! Initially I was thinking why the hell did we move up one spot but after learning about teams wanting to move up it was the right call. This offseason has been incredible and we still have 6 rounds left.

    Side note, did the NFL drop off a box with all 32 teams hats to each player because every pick had a hat for the team that picked them?

  12. Allbuccedup Says:

    3 out of 5 of the first teams in the second round need a tight end. Howard and pick #45 to one of those teams. Make it happen Licht.

  13. BigHog Says:

    This guy reminds me of Carl Nicks use him all along that O/line….this is the guy who will bring the swag to our O/line….let’s get it on!!

  14. Bucamania Says:

    Good kid too. Asked in this combine interview which player in the NFL would make him the most starstruck. He said Tom Brady lol.


  15. ItzOK Says:

    The problem is despite common sense and Florida opening things back up. The Liberals will enact the shut down until they can confirm not one person will die from a virus in liberal states. If any of the 32 teams are shut down the Bucs will be shut down as well. At some point we have to get back to real life and life comes with risks. Lets get on with it already this shutdown is beyond ridiculous at this point.