Joe Tryon’s High School Coach Talks Bucs Recruiting

May 10th, 2021

Joe remembers the stories of Team Glazer opening up its vault to the Bucs front office when it came to investigating the character of Jameis Winston — before he became a Buccaneer and agreed to a three-game sentence for groping without permission.

The Bucs dug deep into their 2015 first-round pick, questioning many dozens of people connected to Jameis.

The research into draft picks may not be as deep these days, but it does continue. And Chris Bennett, high school coach of 2021 Bucs first-round pick Joe Tryon, told the Renton Reporter that many teams contacted him about Tryon and his background. However, it was the Bucs and Rams that were the ones calling multiple times.

On the minds of Licht’s investigators? The rookie edge rusher’s likely response to being surrounded by football’s biggest names.

One of the questions Bennett said he was asked by the Buccaneers was about how Tyron would react to walking into a locker room with NFL stars like Tom Brady, Ndamukong Suh, Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski and Mike Evans, a situation that the former Hazen Highlander will now find himself in soon enough.

“He’ll get in there and try and be a sponge, to learn everything he can,” Bennett said.

Joe’s looking forward to seeing a ton of Tryon in the preseason. And yeah, Joe admits to being concerned about Tryon being used on special teams, as Bucco Bruce Arians says he will be.

If Tryon is a guy that can be a special pass rusher late in 2021, then it would be a dangerous gamble to have him covering kicks and punts.

19 Responses to “Joe Tryon’s High School Coach Talks Bucs Recruiting”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    It rarely fails…when you try to protect a player from injury….they get injured anyway….He can just as easily get injured in practice….let him play.

  2. Medicated Pete Says:

    Tryon should bring “juice” when JPP & Shaq need a breather. And under this coaching staff he can actually learn & improve

  3. DingleBerry Says:

    “He stinks. Don’t draft him” – Said no high school or college coach ever when asked about a prospect they coached.

  4. Colin in Canada Says:

    Last year the Bucs #3 and 4 OLBs were Gill and Nelson and they both played on basically every special teams unit. Its possible that they go with more safeties or inside LBs on STs but it looks like Tryon will be on specials.

  5. Bradinator Says:

    Just want to see what he shows when practices start (whenever that may be based on the players not wanting to show for OTAs etc). Let’s see for ourselves how dedicated he is. Gotta see that whole “motor” thing for myself. It’s easy to get excited by these kids, I do it too, but let’s see them vs. the real thing before we get too carried away.

  6. Robert Says:

    The bucs dug deep on jw. LOL

    that’s hilarious. He should have never gotten past 1st interview…or even gotten one for that matter. character counts.

  7. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Renton Washington is a suburb of Seattle. It is a blue collar type of place, with many Renton residents employed by Boeing.
    I think we made a great pick in Joe Tryon, and his pick will pan out well for us.

  8. ncbucsfan Says:

    I’d take a good look into Shaquem Griffin of UCF if possible. He could get after the passer from the edge with speed. He wasn’t really afforded the opportunity to do so often in Seattle, but that 4.3 speed from the LB position certainly could come in handy, especially on special teams. It’d be hard for him to land on the 53, but of possible, I’d like to see what he would look like in Bowles system.

  9. August 1976 Buc Says:

    I am not saying this guy is Jevon Kearse, the Freak from the Gators that played for years with the Titans. But I keep being reminded of J Kearse when reading about J Tryon. Who knows how good this guy will be. But he seems to be a great athlete that is a real hard nosed kind of player. GO BUCS!!!!

  10. lambchop Says:

    How will a HS coach know how a player will react to superstars around him? Were there superstars on his HS football team? Also, HS was a long ash time ago, people’s personalities shape more in college, especially once you start standing out on the gameday tape at that level. It doesn’t hurt to talk to a HS coach about work ethic, but how he’s gonna respond being around stars?

  11. Buxszntkt Says:

    “Groping without permission” Joe ? Times have really changed now that that is inappropriate. It used to be expected and accepted in the good old days.

  12. lambeau Says:

    Rape, theft, etc.–the Bucs got what they deserved ignoring a plethora of evidence that Winston was immature and impulsive, with horrendous judgement.

  13. catcard202 Says:

    The biggest concern w/ Day 1-2 picks should never be based around whether a guy may get star struck in the locker room…It’s what kind of person is he, who does he hang with off-the-field & what will he do in his off-time once he has a wad of Signing Bonus cash in his pocket.

    Numerous big-time athletes have cost themselves their careers, due to the people they surround themselves with & how they handle sudden riches….Sometimes $$ changes people for the worst…That’s just not something you find out via a background check.

  14. Bucanero Says:

    As he develops this year Bucs will get decent production directly from him and indirectly from being in the rotation and keeping legs fresh

  15. Bucsfan77 Says:

    Why are we still talking about JW on this site, he’s the saints concern now. You can’t change what mistakes or actions were done in the past you can only hope people learn from them.

  16. TampaTown Says:


    “Expected and accepted int the good old days” how old are you?

  17. Matthew Says:

    I kno this is off topic… but will any of the practices be live cast on the internet like last year…?

  18. Pelsbuc61 Says:

    Even the great Ronde Barber played special teams late into his career.

  19. BUCFAN4LIFE Says:

    Agreed Indeed Joe . Tryons only extra position should be to “spell” JPP & Barrett and save those “legs” for those two .