The Buccaneers will love Joe Tryon.
Jason Licht has been a firm proponent of taking the best available player in the draft each year, and that is exactly what it looks like the Buccaneers received in Washington pass rusher Joe Tryon at the end of the first round last night.
Tryon was the surest thing medically of the remaining pass rushers, and his ceiling matched with his athletic ability made this move a no-brainer for the Buccaneers.
Unfortunately for Tryon in some ways, the lack of needs that the Bucs currently have will play against him early on in his career from a playing time standpoint. Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaquil Barrett are firmly in control of the starting spots, but this isn’t only a bad thing for Tryon.
After a year out of football, the Buccaneers’ newest rookie still needs time to grow acclimated to the NFL. Most players wouldn’t tell you that they want to go in the first round just to sit on the bench for a while, but this will help in the end.
Without a pressing need at the moment, the Bucs won’t be forced to begin Tryon’s career with a trial by fire, unlike many of his peers in this class. There is almost no pressure to perform in year one, and this gives Todd Bowles the ability to use his newest rookie as he sees fit. This could be in a depth role or in an actual rotational position, and Tryon has the ability to fill in at either.
At the end of the day, this was the best pick by far that the Bucs could make. Receivers and running backs may look fun at the end of the first round, but pass rusher is where the greatest value was at.
Tryon will actually see the field during his rookie season with the Bucs, and with the potential to grow into a bonafide starter down the road, this was a perfect selection by the Buccaneers with their available options.
Draft grade: A
Hopefully, the good decision-making continues today.
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