With seconds dwindling on the clock the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a small jump for a big-time player in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Originally having the 14th overall pick, the Bucs traded up one spot to draft offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs from Iowa. After acquiring quarterback Tom Brady in free agency, Tampa Bay drafted a 6-foot-5, 320-pound force on the offensive line. Starting all 13 games at offensive tackle for Iowa, Wirfs was named the 2019 Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year as well as, First-team All-America by Football Writers.
Wirfs' athletic ability is a huge part of what makes him the 13th overall pick. "He went to Iowa and played a lot of football for a program that does a really, really good job of developing offensive linemen," Buccaneers Director of Player Personnel John Spytek said. "Then you just put the tape on – he's athletic, he's graceful. His athletic ability stood out at the combine."
Wirfs ran a 4.85 40-yard dash, the fastest among all linemen at the combine. He also set a combine record for his position in the vertical leap (36.5 inches) and tied the record for the broad jump (10 feet 1).
*Buccaneers 2020 draft picks:
*No. 13: Tristan Wirfs,OT, Iowa
No. 45: Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota
No. 76: Ke'Shawn Vaughn, RB, Vanderbilt
No. 161: Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota
No. 194: Khalil Davis, DT, Nebraska
No. 241: Chappelle Russell, LB, Temple
No. 245: Raymond Calais, RB, Louisiana-Lafayette
Following the 2020 NFL Draft, the Buccaneers signed seven undrafted free agents Monday, April 27.