The Pro Football Writers of America released their 2020 All-Rookie team on Tuesday, with offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs and safety Antoine Winfield Jr. both making the cut.

This is the second consecutive season where the Bucs have seen two of their rookies make the cut, with inside linebacker Devin White and cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting making the PFWA All-Rookie team following the 2019 season, and both Wirfs and Winfield started all 16 games for Tampa Bay in 2020.

Winfield finished his rookie campaign with 94 total tackles, one tackle for loss, three sacks, six passes defended, one interception and two forced fumbles.

Wirfs was one of the best right tackles across the league, despite facing talented pass rushers in Khalil Mack, Joey Bosa, Brian Burns and Cam Jordan twice. Per Pro Football Focus, Wirfs allowed just 22 pressures, 14 hurries seven quarterback hits and one sack, coming against Mack, in 702 pass blocking snaps.

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PatrioticChief
5 months ago

Honestly a lot of the rookies on this list aren’t very good lol.

PatrioticChief
Reply to  PatrioticChief
5 months ago

Bucs class was great (I think at minimum they eventually have 3 starters and potentially a very good ceiling on all 3) but this makes me wonder if the 2020 class as a whole wasn’t very good. If so that’s just another feather in Licht’s cap that he found the diamonds in the rough.

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5 months ago

“Wirfs was one of the best right tackles across the league, despite facing talented pass rushers in Khalil Mack, Joey Bosa, Brian Burns and Cam Jordan twice. Per Pro Football Focus, Wirfs allowed just 22 pressures, 14 hurries seven quarterback hits and one sack, coming against Mack, in 702 pass blocking snaps.” All that and on a rookie contract too, and not a *cough* $14mil (muffled) *cough* per year contract. Congrats to both! Couldn’t be happier with the picks. TJ looks promising too. Too bad they lost Raymond Calais to SF; liked him as a return guy as well as a… Read more »

Naplesfan
5 months ago

Where are all those PR commenters who declared Wirfs a terrible wasted choice for our first round, being only the fourth best of the offensive tackles in the draft?
C’mon – you know who you are. Your heaping helping of crow is now awaiting you in the dining room.
Both of these players are consistently making all-rookie lists, top ten rookies lists, etc. throughout the media world. And rightfully so.

Hockey Duckie
Reply to  Naplesfan
5 months ago

I wanted any of the top-4 OT’s because we wouldn’t have anyone at starting RT. The draft is still a gamble and we lucked out! But, remember that Licht was trying to trade up and we don’t know who exactly he had in mind. So best to just be happy to have landed one of the top-4 OT’s Recall in 2018, we needed a starting RG and Licht waited until the bottom of the 3rd round to grab one in Alex Cappa. Licht left us without a starting right guard for 2018 as Cappa couldn’t beat out Benenoch, who couldn’t… Read more »

AlbJack65
Reply to  Hockey Duckie
5 months ago

Much better off with Winfield. Winfield is a hard hitting tackler and a student of the game. Delpit is a puss.

gcolerick
Reply to  Hockey Duckie
5 months ago

I hope you know more about hockey then you do about football. We know exactly what Licht had in mind when he traded up…He traded up because there were several teams looking to trade up and take the last of the four quality offensive tackle prospects. He was willing to give up a fourth round draft pick to ensure he got the guy he wanted. You’re just another Licht hater.

Dave
Reply to  Naplesfan
5 months ago

Shoot, I’ll fully admit, I got a lot wrong with Wirfs. I always maintained that I just wanted 1 of the big 4 OT’s. Which was true. But I definitely preferred the other 3 to Wirfs. I had Wirfs as the worst out of the 4, and Thomas as the best out of the 4. And Wirfs ended up playing much better than Thomas. Also, I absolutely HATED trading up 1 spot. Moving up to get a player, that I felt was definitely going to be there 1 pick later, irritated me at the time. I thought Lynch pulled one… Read more »

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SappAttack
5 months ago

Where’s the Licht haters now? Dude has learned a lot since Day 1 and is on the upswing not the downswing of his career. Keep it up, Mr. Licht. And of course, kudos to the staff coaching him up

Dude
Reply to  SappAttack
5 months ago

I’m always trying to learn, thank you for noticing!

TBChucky
5 months ago

Well deserved!

PewterPose
5 months ago

I know QBs get all the love, but Wirfs should be offensive ROY. What he’s done has been incredible.

MCBRICKEL
5 months ago

Wirfs, best tackle in the class……..so horrible, a travesty, we moved up one spot to get him.
Winfield, a safety for gods sake, what a waste…….we really, really needed a running back.
Licht, Licht, Licht……when boy, when will you get your act together?

PatrioticChief
Reply to  MCBRICKEL
5 months ago

The amount of crap people gave me for calling the people who complained about the move up as ignorant is astonishing. This team had no RT and because of a 4th and a 1st they now have one of the best in the league on a rookie deal. For every one TyJo there are near a hundred day 3 busts. Even if Wirfs were only an average starter that was the right process. Teams with terrible tackles don’t win SB. Licht had to gamble there.

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compewterpirate
Reply to  MCBRICKEL
5 months ago

What on Earth are you talking about? We drafted two of the steals of the draft in Wirfs and Winfield, we have a potent running attack in Ro Jo and Fournette, that just ground the Saints defense into the Superdome turf and we’re in the NFC conference final and yet you’re still complaining about Jason Licht and the draft??? … (I admit, upon reflection, your post might be an ironical satire, but if not my response stands!)

ScottC543
Reply to  MCBRICKEL
5 months ago

I, for one, recognized your sarcasm. We lucked out having Wirfs left for us as the forth OT picked, and I’m damned glad we got him. I’ll leave it to Mr Licht’s take on the draft as to whether or not we needed to trade up for that spot. We got the guy we needed there. And we got the play-maker on the defensive back end that we needed there too. Jason Licht’s drafting has been impeccable the past several years. He and his staff built this team. The promised land is almost within sight, and we can take the… Read more »

Last edited 5 months ago by ScottC543
MCBRICKEL
Reply to  ScottC543
5 months ago

Sarcasm it was.

gcolerick
Reply to  MCBRICKEL
5 months ago

At the time, I thought we should have stuck with our pick as I didn’t think the 49er’s wanted to risk losing Kinlaw but knowing what a stud he is now, how can you possibly have any problem with the move. Regarding the Winfield Jr pick….you’re out of your mind. The guy is a stud, he made the all rookie team because of all of the key splash plays he made this year that definitely affected the outcome of some of our games. You can’t see the forest for the trees brother. Glad you are not our GM.

Captain Sly
5 months ago

Jon Ledyard had his way we would have taken Javon Kinlaw 1st & Ashtyn Davis 2nd. So called mock expert. smh

AlbJack65
Reply to  Captain Sly
5 months ago

Ledyard is a self-aggrandizing douchebag. I would prefer that PR cut ties with him and move on. His articles bring the website down.

plopes808
5 months ago

Well deserved for both these young men! An argument could definitely be made for Winfield to be DROY. If not for his position on the Oline, Wirfs would be in the running for OROY as well, but unfortunately a lineman will never win that.

seat26
5 months ago

Excellent. Our Drafts have improved. At least in the first two rounds. I think Tyler Johnson is a keeper too.

compewterpirate
5 months ago

Both selections are thoroughly merited. To be honest, Wirfs and Winfield were a couple of steals in the draft, Tyler Johnson too. Plus Vaughan also has shown some promise. So to give credit where credit is due, well done to Jason Licht for really nailing this last draft and of course for an outstanding free agency. Brady, Gronk, Succop, Fournette, AB, etc.

RW
RW
5 months ago

The Bucs drafted 2 guys that are going to have multiple all pro selections. Wirfs will be dominant and AW jr will make the splash plays to get noticed. Tyler Johnson could end up being a 60- 70 a year catch guy. But the sleeper is Vaughn; that guy will end up being a really good back and contribute 1000 all purpose yards next year.

bucballer
5 months ago

Winfield and Wirfs aren’t just rookie starters this year, but these two players could be starters with the Bucs for the next 6-8 years or more! Great picks!

scubog
5 months ago

To have any credibility whatsoever, we often critical fans, should be willing to give credit when it is due and not continue to seek out even the slightest flaw with their “yeah but” retorts. Many of the youngsters have shown early signs that they will become the backbone of the team. No doubt Licht made what turned out to be poor choices, highlighted by the Roberto Arroyo pick, but he’s had enough good ones to get this team to the NFC Championship game. How good would the team be if Justin Evans and Kendal Beckwith didn’t have career-ending injuries? Well… Read more »