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Nobody expected Tristan Wirfs to play like the best right tackle in the NFL as a rookie last year, but from Week 1 on that was the story. The Iowa product faced a murderer’s row of edge rushers in a deep-drop, pass-heavy offense and locked up almost every opponent all year. The fast start has many dreaming of what Wirfs can become with a little more experience.

Bucs RT Tristan Wirfs

Bucs RT Tristan Wirfs – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Pro Football Focus thought so highly of Wirfs’ rookie campaign that the offensive tackle easily cracked their top 25 players under 25 years old list, slotting in 10th overall. PFF ascribed just 24 pressures and one sack in 20 games to Wirfs, highlights of a special first season in the NFL. Wirfs was the third-highest ranked 2020 rookie on the list, slotting right behind EDGE Chase Young and WR Justin Jefferson. Only one of the three offensive tackles selected ahead of him in the draft, the Jets’ Mekhi Becton, was ranked (23rd overall).

Wirfs was the only Bucs player to make the highly-competitive list, as notables such as LB Devin White, CB Carlton Davis or S Antoine Winfield Jr. were snubbed. Looking at the list, it is clearly a difficult group to make. However eight 2020 rookies populated the ranking, some of which weren’t even full-time starters last year. It is difficult to consider them better than White or Davis right now, but PFF remains low on White. It will be interesting to see if the third-year linebacker can build on his hot finish to 2020 this season.

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About the Author: Jon Ledyard

Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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toofamiliar17
3 months ago

Wirfs deserves every bit of it! Just a head’s up – he is actually ranked 9th on the list. Thanks for sharing!

Spitfire
3 months ago

Good for him! So happy to see an Olineman get recognition! Proof that them is worth it!

bucballer
3 months ago

This kid is so good, I would’ve traded up to go get him!

TBChucky
Reply to  bucballer
3 months ago

Technically they did, but I agree he was definitely worth giving up the 4th round pick. Maybe some of the other young Bucs can crack the list next season.

Dave
Reply to  TBChucky
3 months ago

He was being a wise ass

bucballer
Reply to  Dave
3 months ago

I wasn’t being a wise ass! I was merely stating that I would give up the draft pick again if I had to do it again. In other words, it was a good move to get such an amazing talent.

Dave
Reply to  bucballer
3 months ago

Hey I’m not saying you’re wrong for being a wise ass. Because he ended up as a HR pick. So, you’re completely in bounds loving the trade, and selection

plopes808
3 months ago

Well deserved for Wirfs, and great news for us that White was snubbed. White is the type of player that will use that as motivation to play even better next year. Much like his mentor David who has been snubbed year in and year out.

76Buc
3 months ago

I will snub PFF. Idiots.

seat26
3 months ago

The Best Pick up on the offensive line, Marpet is great, but Wirfs is better. I doubt we could have made it to the playoffs without him.

scubog
3 months ago

I’m always happy for any of our players who get recognized. However, I learned a long time ago that these so-called experts, who grant awards and rank performances, are just offering opinions that may be less than credible. Sometimes I wonder if they even watch the game to see the player’s impact rather than noting a check mark on the stat sheet. Barrett Ruuuuuuuuuud made a lot of tackles when you “checked his sheet”, but he was no Devin White or Lavonte David when you watched the game. Doug Williams had a terrible completion %, barely reaching 50%, but watch… Read more »

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