Bucs tried to trade up even higher to select Tristan Wirfs

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An offensive lineman has never won Offensive Rookie of the Year, but Tristan Wirfs, like Zack Martin and Quenton Nelson before him, had a case. Wirfs played every snap for the Buccaneers at right tackle and allowed only one sack.

Wirfs faced some of the league’s top pass rushers.

The Bucs traded with the 49ers to move up one spot in the first round to to select Wirfs last April. It cost Tampa Bay a fourth-round pick, which they surely see as well worth it now.

But General Manager Jason Licht said on the Pewter Report Podcast that he tried to move up higher for Wirfs than 13, afraid the Iowa offensive tackle wouldn’t remain on the board for Tampa Bay to select. Three offensive tackles went before Wirfs did. The 49ers selected defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw at 14th overall, the choice after Wirfs.

I was stunned,” Licht said. “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, 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.”

13 responses to “Bucs tried to trade up even higher to select Tristan Wirfs

  1. Why give Wirfs credit for something Brady does well? Release the ball quickly and evade capture. Next thing you know, we’re going to debate, was this ring because of Brady or because of Wirfs. What does Brady have to do to get credit, win a Super Bowl without an O-line? Brady is the GOAT and no one shares credit.

  2. Not a Bucs fan here but you have to give these guys a bit of credit, they have hit on some good talent in the draft and Free Agency. The challenge they now face, like all teams that draft well and make good personnel moves, is trying to keep the talent together. Sometimes it all clicks at the right time and it clearly did in this strange year. Adding Gronk as a tutor of sorts was instrumental in the young man’s development.

    Making excuses why he isn’t so good is weak mookie34. Really we should be complimenting the Bucs staff for understanding the circumstances this season and giving the young man some help.

  3. Wirfs really did have a special season. The bucs have really started drafting better these past couple of years. No more MJ Stewart type picks.

  4. Licht killed it with the Wirfs and Winfield picks this year. Tyler Johnson looked promising in the limited snaps he had. 2019 was a stellar year too picking up White, Murphy-Bunting, Dean and Miller. Don’t know if this hot streak is sustainable but at least Tampa have found a method that’s proven a success during their draft process.

  5. When Brady was in New England they had the smartest coach, who also was seen as the smartest GM. All they did was win Super Bowls, and every personnel move they made came out smelling like a rose. Now Brady goes to Tampa Bay, and they win the super bowl, and suddenly, a GM with no prior playoff victories, is suddenly making brilliant moves. Meanwhile, New England missed the playoffs for the first time in 20 years, except for 2008 when Brady missed the season with an injury. I guess it would be pretty boring to just say it’s all Brady, so it’s better to use the imagination and create other hero’s. I’m not saying there aren’t some good GM’s out there, and many players who played with Brady were excellent football players. It’s just that the winning part is all Brady. Every losing team has good coaches, good players, and good front office people. I mean, Bill Belichick is still brilliant. He’s just not winning.

  6. It’s amusing that some people think it’s all Brady, while others think Brady is just Robert Horry along for the ride on winning teams.

  7. theconfluence says:
    February 14, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    It’s amusing that some people think it’s all Brady, while others think Brady is just Robert Horry along for the ride on winning teams.

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    Robert Horry has as many rings as Brady. How come no one puts him the conversation as one of the greatest athletes of all time?

  8. Must have been most stunned LV would not trade. Raiders passed on a free 4th rounder and only rationale has to be they were 100 percent certain Lynch and Shanahan would take Ruggs and pass on a replacement for Buckner. That’s malpractice and I like Ruggs.

  9. mackcarrington says:

    February 14, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    theconfluence says:
    February 14, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    It’s amusing that some people think it’s all Brady, while others think Brady is just Robert Horry along for the ride on winning teams.

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    Robert Horry has as many rings as Brady. How come no one puts him the conversation as one of the greatest athletes of all time?

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    Maybe because Brady has the rings and the stats (regular season and playoffs).

    Brady is gonna end his career owning all the significant qb records in the regular season and the playoffs along with all the wins and rings. Big difference between him and horry and anyone else you wanna compare him to.

  10. @charliecharger

    Belichick got 7 wins from a team with the most COVID opt outs, with a QB who looked broken down, COVID outbreak during the season and they were competitive in a lot more games. Honestly I was surprised he was not coach of the year candidate.

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