After all the speculation for what position they would go with at Pick 32, the Bucs have selected Washington edge rusher Joe Tryon with their first round pick.
Tryon has great size and strength that really jumps off the screen when you watch him. He uses that power to his advantage, but also has excellent lateral quickness that opens up pass rush opportunities. Though he opted out in 2020, he had a great 2019 season with 41 tackles, 12.5 tackles-for-loss and eight sacks.
Although he doesn’t have a lot of experience or production with just two years at Washington and nine sacks over his career, Tryon is a gifted athlete with a high ceiling. With a muscular, 6-5, 260-pound frame and 4.65 speed, Tryon has NFL-ready size to set the edge and also get after the passer.
And Tryon’s best football is ahead of him. He’s an ideal developmental pass rusher to come to Tampa Bay and learn behind veterans Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaquil Barrett. The Bucs will love his relentless motor and the energy he brings to the field. Playing in Jimmy Lake’s 3-4 hybrid scheme, Tryon was asked to do a lot of what Todd Bowles asks of his outside linebackers. This includes dropping into coverage on occasion.
Pierre-Paul and Barrett will take the majority of the snaps at edge rusher. Yet Tryon could fit in right away as third on the depth chart ahead of Anthony Nelson. Learning under two of the best pass rushers in the game will be of great value in his first season.
“Tryon is comfortable rushing from both sides of the defensive line. He knows how to effectively come underneath on stunts, which were commonly called at Washington,” Reynolds said. “Tryon has experience playing in a 3-4 scheme, as well as rushing in a four-man front. His transition to Tampa Bay’s defense should go rather smoothly.
“Drafting this physical, high-energy player at the end of the second round and having him learn for a year behind the likes of Barrett and Pierre-Paul would be ideal for Tampa Bay’s pass rush long term. Tryon could be the eventual replacement for Pierre-Paul, and having him split time during his rookie season could help extend the shelf life of JPP.”
Jon Ledyard also predicted Tryon to the Bucs in a recent PR Roundtable, which you can read here.
Watch Tryon’s Washington highlight video below.
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