Two Honors For Tristan Wirfs

January 12th, 2021

Last week on The Ira Kaufman Podcast, listeners heard Sage Ira talk about his recent conversation with Tony “Father” Dungy regarding their All-Pro ballots.

Each is among the 50 nationwide that vote for the prestigious annual awards.

Ira thought he might be the only voter who would choose Bucs rookie Tristan Wirfs as the best right tackle in football; voters only get one vote for a right tackle. Dungy, however, told Ira that it was at least two votes for Wirfs because he also marked the ballot for the Bucs rookie.

Well, then the voting totals were released late last week. And it turned out Wirfs received 10 votes for All-Pro, coming in third place behind Jack Conklin of the Browns and Ryan Ramcyk of the Saints.

Wirfs got 10 votes, one behind Ramcyk. So Ramcyk got the second-team All-Pro designation while Wirfs got nothing.

Joe can’t emphasize how impressive it is that Wirfs pulled in 10 votes for All-Pro. Many voters (not all) will ask NFL executives, coaches and players for help with their ballots, especially for linemen (on both sides of the ball). So Wirfs’ showing tells Joe that he’s extremely well respected.

This evening on SiriuxXM NFL Radio, former Bengals and Cowboys offensive line coach Paul Alexander joined the Movin’ The Chains for his weekly spot breaking down offensive line film.

In advance of the interview, he was tasked with picking his Wild Card Weekend All-Pro team based strictly on what he saw from the six offensive lines that performed on Saturday and Sunday.

And guess who Alexander picked at right tackle? That’s right. It was Wirfs, ahead of Ramcyk and others.

Alexander didn’t really get into Xs and Os regarding Wirfs, but he was adamant that he didn’t have any other Buccaneers offensive linemen in consideration for best performances of the weekend.

Just another knowledgeable observer sold on Wirfs. Joe is so impressed.

Somebody needs to buy Jason Licht a case of beer, or perhaps a new red sports coat.

24 Responses to “Two Honors For Tristan Wirfs”

  1. 6throundpick Says:

    Everyone felt great about this pick. Nobody complained. He’s the real deal. Cheers!

  2. Frankinthe813 Says:

    Thanks NY Jets for drafting Mehki Becton instead of Wirfs..

  3. Darin Says:

    Yeah credit the other three teams who took tackles more than Licht on this one. He was gona take any of the four. Love Licht but big misses by those three other teams. About time the Bucs found a great OL in the draft! Its gona have to happen again soon as highly paid as the starters already are.

  4. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Mekhi Becton has been a monster too. Both Tackles will be All-Pros. Tristan will eventually move to the left side after Donovan Smith moves on after his contract runs out. He too talented to play RT.

  5. gotbbucs Says:

    He’s the real deal. This praise is legit. His technique is almost flawless. I have very little doubt that if they were to move him to left tackle he would be just as dominant.

  6. Scurvy Dogs Says:

    I truly believe Goodwin deserves a ton of credit for the OL performance. I would love to see him as OC if Leftwich leaves.

  7. Pryda...sec147 Says:

    Need another beast OL in next years draft

  8. firethecannons Says:

    Good our team needs a solid on the draft picks. Such an important position, cornerstone piece.

  9. Buczilla Says:

    40 peeps made bad decisions. Yes, I’m a homer but we almost always get screwed. 😛

  10. Smashsquatch Says:

    Licht deserves credit indeed. He was criticized for moving up one spot to get him, but that was genius. Always helps to have a little luck on your side too. Wirfs was the fourth OT off the board and early signs suggest he could be the best. This is a grand slam home run outta the park pick. He’s a stud, nuff said.

  11. Bucamania Says:

    Absolute stud and he’s only 21 years old. All-pro for years. Loved the pick on draft day and even more now.

  12. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Gotta be honest here. Don’t know what the teams that chose other tackles before him were looking at. Freakish athletic ability for his size. If you haven’t seen them YouTube the videos of him jumping out of the pool. Also there’s one of him dunking a basketball backwards like it’s nothing.

  13. Adrnagy Says:

    I’ll give my opinion after the game in prime time divisional playoff game against cam Jordan. I’m which I want c. Jordan to get crush!

  14. Joe Says:

    Gotta be honest here. Don’t know what the teams that chose other tackles before him were looking at. Freakish athletic ability for his size.

    Bill Polian said it on SiriusXM NFL Radio before the draft. Wirfs had never been tested by a speed rusher. That was the only (minor) knock on him. That’s why some thought he would be a guard.

    Turns out Wirfs was just fine with speed rushers.

  15. LargoBuc Says:

    I was ecstatic when we landed Wirfs last April. He’s obviously got the talent. But it’s things you don’t see in a pff grade-his work ethic. His knowledge. His commitment. His character. His coaches and teammates at Iowa loved him and couldn’t give him enough praise. Wirfs is definitely one of the best picks we’ve made in a very, very long time.

  16. adam from ny Says:

    the league is now on notice…

    we have the best right tackle in football…

    due to rookie status, it takes a couple years to unseat the top dogs…

    if we knock off the saints this sunday, that’s probably one notch more for wirfs and one less for ramcawk 🙂

  17. Dan Says:

    For those that don’t know his craft was honed at one of the best linemen development programs in the country. Iowa Hawkeye through and through! Love seeing him excel at the next level. If Linderbaum went to the draft this year he would’ve been snatched up as well as Alaric Jackson, but he’ll end up as a guard.

  18. SKBUcsFan Says:

    Licht just needs to keep building on that and ensure he picks an O-line or D-line man with his first pick every draft. Build the trenches and the rest will improve around them.

  19. Stanglassman Says:

    Jason L. should buy all the GMs ahead of in the draft a case beer. I like Jason but he was fortunate that Wirfs fell far enough to snag him. Most of and all the resent redrafts have Wirfs as the 1st OL off the board. They have Thomas who went first dropping to the Bucs. Willis and Bectom have looked solid.

  20. PRBucsFan Says:

    Lol all the licht hate on these here comment sections throughout the years. Funny to see so many people change their tunes.

  21. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    “Lol all the licht hate on these here comment sections throughout the years. Funny to see so many people change their tunes.”

    Even a broken clock is correct twice a day.

    Funny Gump couldn’t pick his nose, until BA came and held his hand.

    Jason is still that guy that was so surprised when the Bucs won a home game that he would jump into his swimming pool with all his clothes on.

    A wise man once said that when you score a touchdown, hand the referee the ball and act like you’ve been there before.

  22. Allbuccedup Says:

    Best offensive tackle in 2020 draft hands down.

  23. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    AlabamaBucsFan Says:
    Tristan will eventually move to the left side after Donovan Smith moves on after his contract runs out. He too talented to play RT.

    This I am against.

    Musical chairs along the offensive line has set this team back for years. Ali Marpet ring any bells? He should never have been moved at all. Smith may not even move on, but if he does, we chould draft or sign a good replacement.

  24. PRBucsFan Says:

    Your a tool DARRELL

    When he puts his life into the roster top to bottom and starts to get the results after years of terrible Turnover prone play from free free and JW overshadowing any success he had of course he’s going to celebrate his all.

    Smh haters are going to hate