After making a late draft night trade with the San Francisco 49ers to move up one spot in the first round of the 2020 draft to select offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs with the No. 13 pick, The Bucs appeared to have struck gold. Wirfs played every snap for Tampa Bay this season while astonishingly surrendering just one sack all year, despite facing a murderer’s row of pass rushers in Cam Jordan, Brian Burns, Joey Bosa, Bradley Chubb and Khalil Mack to name just a few.

But general manager Jason Licht mentioned on the Pewter Report Podcast that he was willing – and went as far as attempting – to move up even higher than No. 13 for Wirfs.

“I was stunned,” Licht said about Wirfs beginning to slide in the draft. “I saw him starting to fall. I was trying to go and get him, well, even higher than nine and nobody wanted to make any deals and I think we made the first trade of the pandemic at-home draft. There are teams but there was one in particular that I was very worried about going up to San Fran that was below us and it turned out that that was going to happen, or they were seriously considering this trade, but they didn’t want to go back that far. They were afraid of losing their guy that they took, [Javon] Kinlaw. So the fourth-round pick, that was easy for me to go and do it. If it was any less than that, they wouldn’t have taken the trade.”

So while the may have ultimately cost the Bucs a fourth-round pick, roughly the same price that it cost the Bucs to land tight end Rob Gronkowski in a trade for the Patriots, all things initially seemed to have worked out for the best as Tampa Bay not only hoisted their second Lombardi Trophy in franchise history by season’s end but may have apparently found their right tackle of the future in Wirfs.

You can watch Licht’s appearance on the Pewter Report Podcast here.

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Chiizy613
Chiizy613
1 year ago

I would’ve gone up to 1 to grab Wirfs , since I am Captain hindsight

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  Chiizy613
1 year ago

LOL. U r on a crowded bridge.

bucballer
bucballer
1 year ago

Some were not happy that we moved up just that one spot to get Wirfs. More so when they found we gave up a 4th to move up one spot to grab Wirfs. I guess this shows u really can’t possibly know anything about a player until u actually get him into camp.

Spitfire
Spitfire
Reply to  bucballer
1 year ago

No, it shows that the lay person doesn’t really know s**t and we all should understand the professionals at least know more. They didn’t have to get him into camp to know he was great. I was happy as hell we got him and trading a 4th for a 7th was worth every backup player we could have gotten.

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  Spitfire
1 year ago

U mean how Licht just knew that Aguayo was worth a 2nd round pick. Nobody really knows Spit that’s why the draft is a crapshoot at best. Yes, they do have to get them in camp to see how they react to NFL pressure and then into games. I was pumped that they drafted Wirfs and went on to say that he would probably be a possible 10 year starter for the Bucs. Did I REALLY know? Why of course not! And neither does Licht and the front office.

Dave
Dave
Reply to  bucballer
1 year ago

I was definitely one of them. I hated trading up 1 spot at the time, because I was very confident he would still be there a pick later. SF wasn’t going to take him. But I also said, if this dude ends up being a stud, then it’s absolutely worth it. Licht nailed that pick. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Really glad I was though lol. Because now we have our anchor of the line for the next decade

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Spitfire
Spitfire
1 year ago

Totally turned out to be worth it and then some. I think they keep Smith for now and a year before Wirfs is due for a big pay day Smith will about be done (if not already) and they will move Wirfs to Left Tackle and then Draft another Right Tackle. That’s how I see that playing out. I don’t think they’re gonna risk switching things up now with the chemistry with Brady unless they find the absolute right guy.

FLBoy84
FLBoy84
Reply to  Spitfire
1 year ago

2021 is the last year of Smith’s current contract, so a decision on him will need to be made either this year or next. Can def see Wirfs as our franchise LT for years to come, as it’s hard to imagine Licht being willing to give up the capital needed to move up “even higher than 9” just to get a long-term RT. Can see Smith playing out the last year of his deal, then the Bucs taking the comp-pick once he signs an inflated FA deal with another team next year. Though, if the Bucs are able to get… Read more »

plopes808
plopes808
1 year ago

In hindsight, it’s good we didn’t have to pay any more than we did. Looking at his performance, it would’ve been worth it but it’s always better to get a good deal.

tpeluso
tpeluso
1 year ago

Wirfs looks like he’s gonna be one of those decade-plus cornerstone guys. I can only imagine how the year plays out if we don’t get him.

TBAtlas
TBAtlas
1 year ago

It was a fair deal at the time and a steal in hindsight.

Horse
Horse
1 year ago

Words should stay at ORT position

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  Horse
1 year ago

Why? When LT is ur big money position. RG is easier to replace and cheaper than a cornerstone LT. If Wirfs feels like he wants to make the change, then I think we do so. Do it now though. Don’t wait. If not, then leave him at RT, but u will have to address LT and sooner rather than later.

Madman
Madman
1 year ago

Hey Cam Jordan, good luck dealing with Wirfs for the rest of your career LOL