Left Tackle Gets A Little More Likely For Tristan Wirfs

April 28th, 2023

Tristan Wirfs

Over and over again the Bucs have acknowledged publicly that All-Pro right tackle Tristan Wirfs might switch to left tackle this season.

And then came last night’s Round 1 of the NFL Draft.

The Bucs passed on Oklahoma left tackle Anton Harrison and instead embraced University of Pittsburgh defensive tackle Calijah Kancey at No. 19 overall. Harrison went to the Jaguars at No. 29 overall.

Yes, the Bucs could be looking for a starting left tackle in Round 2 tonight, but that seems unlikely.

More likely, Tampa Bay will chase a running back or a tight end next and lean more toward relocating Wirfs to left tackle — while Luke Goedeke, newcomer Matt Feiler and a later draft pick eventually battle for the right tackle gig.

Joe has heard coaches say 100 times how important continuity is on an offensive line. If the Bucs relocate Wirfs (and Robert Hainsey) after trading Shaq Mason to Houston, then Joe’s really got to wonder about the value of continuity.

15 Responses to “Left Tackle Gets A Little More Likely For Tristan Wirfs”

  1. RealBucsFan Says:

    Wondering about the chance we have of getting O’CYRUS? I feel like it is worth moving up closer to the front of the 2nd round to get him. I would feel better about the 1st round pick if we can grab him for perennial pro bowl type guard something like a Davin Joseph or Ali Marpet.

  2. Goatfarmer Says:

    Edge. EDGE. Or IL. IL. Licht knows how to find the small college big OL guys. Get your defense more fortified — given the headcoich and his faltering overly complex defensive scheme, Bucs need all the resources they can get.

  3. Leopold Stotch Says:

    I’m kinda thinking him too, but linebacker or nickel back sounds good too.

  4. Capt.Tim Says:

    Left tackles make more money than right tackles.
    Alot more
    Left tackles play against the best pass rusher on the defense. Every single week.
    That means you need to have your best Offensive lineman protecting the QB’s back. Right tackles often have A TE beside them. They are alot more run blocker- as most teams are right handed.
    Your LT needs to be a great athlete, your Rt needs to be a big ogre.

    Why would you even think about wasting a great talent like Wirfs on the right side???
    And who knows- meybe he doesn’t want more money, and the notoriety LTs receive.

    When They cut Donovan Smith- it was obviously to move Wirfs to the Left side.
    I cant imagine anyone thinking otherwise.

    But then again- this team just drafted a 5’11, 280 pound Defensive tackle.
    And the country shut down our pipeline- so that instead of free oil- we could buy it from the Russians

    So I dont know why playing your best tackle on the right side should surprise me.
    At least Wirfs is strong- so he wont get tired helping Mayfield up, over and over again

  5. Rod Munch Says:

    Just resign Donovan Smith.

  6. ABucAway Says:

    … sniffle…
    They grow up so fast.

  7. Mr. Editor Says:

    The early run on Tackles hurt, but there’s little that can be done picking so late in the round. Perhaps, they didn’t grade the Tackles all that differently and will select one in Rounds 2 or 3. I expect that they will select a RB and/or TE today. We’ll see!

  8. gotbbucs Says:

    From the moment he was drafted, his ending position was always going to be on the left side

  9. Hodad Says:

    Joe, plenty of time to develop continuity. How many offensive lines stay in tact year, after year? Next to zero. Keeping the same five guys on the field through a season is hard enough, getting the same five back years in a row nearly impossible.

  10. Tim Says:

    Go get Cody Mauch!! That guy is a monster!!

  11. Christopher Schiefen Says:

    Why would we want continuity from last year’s line? It drove the best most driven player into retirement and put up the worst run numbers ever.

  12. Bucsfan13 Says:

    Christopher Schiefen We talk about the bad pass pro, but some seem to forget we had the worse running game in the league and history. The OL got little push and got punked all. The bad running game affected this offense just as much as the passing game. It went hand in hand. It was disgusting watching our RBs search for holes that didn’t exist. Even Bowles mentioned how the there was not many holes open. Anyone who attended off season practices witnessed how bad the OL was gonna be last season. As a Krew member, I wanted a refund after watching our offense at practice.

  13. Rob Hamada Says:


    Matthew Bergeron LT.

  14. jimm Says:

    joe, the fact that you have only two returning starters (jensen/wirfs) and three open competion positions … 2 guards and a tackle

    is almost the definition of no continuity … doesn’t mean the returning two should be pigeonhold into previous positions.

    who knows, maybe jensen returns to guard if hainsey developed some strength over off-season. (not likely … but find the best five combo)

  15. unbelievable Says:

    Even if Wirfs stayed at RT, there’s barely any continuity from last year anyways.

    Unless of course, they end up bringing back D Smith at a cheaper salary after the draft… And even then, you still have change at G and/or C.