Tristan Wirfs 2020 NFL Draft Profile, Strengths, Weaknesses, and Possible Fits
2020-04-07 15:10:00 EDT
Tristan Wirfs enters the 2020 NFL draft as not only one of the best offensive lineman in the class but one of the best players overall. There’s a lot of things to like about Wirfs, and he’s still raw enough in some areas to believe he has a ton of upside and can reach another level or two.
College Career: Wirfs played three years with the Iowa Hawkeyes and gained starting experience at both left and right tackle. Wirfs was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2019 where he also was citemned the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year.
Strengths: Wirfs is a terrific athlete at 6’5”, 320 pounds, as he posted a 4.85 40 time at the NFL combine and had a 36.5 vertical jump. Wirfs did track and field at high school where he was also a state champion wrestler. Wirfs is a gym rat who put up record numbers in the weight room and his ridiculous upper body strength allows him to win at the line of scrimmage. Wirfs has quick feet, he gets out of his stance quickly and he can get to that second level better than most guys his size. Wirfs does a solid job of opening up lanes for the running backs and uses his hands well in pass protection. Wirfs is also a smart player with some versatility who has experience at both tackle positions.
Weaknesses: Wirfs does need to be a little more consistent, as his athletic ability and skill set indicates he could be the best player on an OL at all times. Wirfs needs to do a better job at blocking the inside counter moves and doesn’t always handle bull rushes well. Wirfs needs to develop a bit of a mean streak and have coaches explain to him just how good he can be.
Possible Fits: The New York Giants need help at both tackle positions and Wirfs can fix at least on of them right away. The Denver Broncos have question marks along the offensive line and Wirfs is a perfect option to help protect Drew Lock. The Cleveland Bitemns offensive line wasn’t good last season and Wirfs can do a better job of keeping Baker Mayfield upright. The New York Jets need to invest in the offensive line if Sam Darnold is going to blossom into something and Wirfs is a positive start. The Miami Dolphins have three first round picks and need to build an offensive line for whoever the quarterback of the future will be.