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The Bucs added another talented edge rusher in first round pick Joe Tryon from Washington. Some fans applauded the pick, which PewterReport.com had forecast in its Bucs’ Best Bets, mock drafts and in the latest SR’s Fab 5.

Yet other Bucs fans weren’t wowed by the selection.

Perhaps it was just Tryon’s lone year as a starter at Washington that makes them wary of Jason Licht’s latest first-rounder. Noting Licht’s recent successes in the draft, especially with first-round picks like nose tackle Vita Vea, linebacker Devin White and right tackle Tristan Wirfs, Tampa Bay’s G.M. should be given the benefit of the doubt, however.

Some of the Bucs fans that aren’t impressed with the addition of Tryon are likely fans of Tampa Bay’s Jason Pierre-Pierre and believe the veteran is a good edge rusher. Yet there are some striking similarities between Tryon’s size, production and athletic testing compared to Pierre-Paul when he was a first-round pick out of South Florida in 2010.

Let’s go to the tale of the tape between both pass rushers – and your opinion of Tryon just might be changed.


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Bucs OLB Joe Tryon

Bucs OLB Joe Tryon – Photo courtesy of Washington

Tryon and Pierre-Paul are both 6-foot-5, and the Washington product weighed 259 at his pro day. Pierre-Paul weighed 270 at the NFL Scouting Combine coming out of USF in 2010.

Tryon has 34-inch arms and Pierre-Paul’s arms are slightly longer at 34 3/4 inches. Tryon’s hand size is 10 1/4 while Pierre-Paul’s is 10 3/8.


Tryon ran a 4.68 in the 40-yard dash, while JPP was a tick slower at 4.78. The Bucs rookie was also slightly faster in the 10-yard split, edging out the veteran 1.64 to 1.68. Tryon also had a faster time in the short shuttle, running a 4.36 compared to Pierre-Paul’s 4.67 time. Both edge rushers had identical 7.18 times in the 3-cone drill.


Tryon proved to be the more explosive athlete, posting a 9-foot, 6-inch broad jump and a 35-inch vertical. Pierre-Paul had a 9-foot, 5-inch broad jump and a 30.5-inch vertical. Tryon also had 22 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, while Pierre-Paul recorded 19 reps.

Overall, it’s fair to say that Tryon’s athleticism is at least on par with that of Pierre-Paul’s – if not better in some areas. The college production of both of the pass rushers has some striking similarity, too.


Pierre-Paul played three years of college football with his first two seasons at the JUCO level. He dominated his freshman year at College of the Canyons with 14 sacks, 19 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, one interception and one fumble recovery. The next year he was at Fort Scott Community College where he notched 70 tackles, 10.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Bucs OLB Jason Pierre-Paul

Bucs OLB Jason Pierre-Paul – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

But once JPP got to the FBS level he had one season of good, but not great production. In his lone year at USF as a junior, Pierre-Paul posted 45 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and a had pick-six. He was drafted 15th overall to the New York Giants in 2010.

Tryon had 20 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and one pass breakup as a freshman, seeing limited snaps. As a redshirt sophomore, Tryon posted 41 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks and a pass defensed.

From a statistical standpoint, Tryon’s sophomore year at Washington compares favorably to Pierre-Paul’s junior season at USF. So was he a reach at No. 32, as some might suggest? No, not at all.

Will Tryon have the same level of success that Pierre-Paul, a four-time Pro Bowler, has had? Only time will tell.

But based on similar size, athletic testing and college production, it’s easy to see why the Bucs drafted Tryon to contribute now and eventually replace the 32-year old Pierre-Paul down the road.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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5 months ago

Very good points Scott. He could be a big help with us getting to the super bowl again.
Maybe I’ll get my wish and we take UF QB if he makes it to spot 64?

5 months ago

Yes only time will tell. I like the pick ok don’t love it. We could went so many ways since no glaring needs. Next year be different story though. We had noting behind JPP and Shaq so if he’s good Licht will look like a genius.

5 months ago

What happened to BPA? Many other stellar options with PROVEN abilities, definitely a project. Off script and definitely choice based on need, not BPA.

5 months ago

Great analysis here, with Licht’s recent success it surprises me that everyone still doubts his choices. I guess he’s like Brady in that respect, there will always be haters a doubters but in my opinion he’s redeemed himself from his past mistakes and has proven to be a skilled GM.
I like the measurables with Tryon and the similarities to JPP. Sitting behind he and Shaq and rotating in will give him time to hone his skillset and come on strong when it’s time for JPP to ride off into the sunset with at least 3 rings.

5 months ago

JPP was drafted as a 4-3 DE and only converted to OLB/EDGE since joining the Bucs. As I recall, it was USF teammate George Selvie who had more production than JPP, but JPP was much more physically gifted. With his size and athleticism Joe should be a very versatile defender too.

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