2021 NFL Draft: Buccaneers address biggest need with Joe Tryon

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took Joe Tryon in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

The Buccaneers didn’t have any needs coming into the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, and their first selection puts this belief on full display. With all of their starters returning from the 2020 Super Bowl campaign, Joe Tryon won’t see the field much in 2021, but the pick still works well long term.

Tampa currently doesn’t have a consistent third pass rusher. Anthony Nelson doesn’t cut it, and Todd Bowles needs a defense that he can play around with more. Tryon is a great fit between value of a pick and talent, and he provides the Bucs with a wealth of opportunities in 2021.

As the third guy, Tryon gives the Buccaneers a reliable option behind Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul, but he is also viable piece to use alongside these players as well. The Bucs used JPP on the inside from time to time last season, and Tryon gives Todd Bowles the ability to lean on this more.

The fit is great on paper, and this was a much better pick for the Buccaneers than some of the other options. Tryon is more proven than most of the other available pass-rushers, edge is a more pressing position than anything else, and there are very few question marks associated with this selection.

Azeez Ojulari was the only other pass rusher left on the board that actually made sense to contribute now and down the road, but Tryon makes a very compelling case with his tape and college stats.

For those that don’t know him yet, Tryon was a great player during his time at Washington with 14.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks during two seasons, and the Buccaneers will hope that Tryon brings this level of success with him to Tampa in the pursuit of another Super Bowl.

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