OLB Joe Tryon, Washington
Wait, Tampa’s front seven ran Patrick Mahomes out of Raymond James late last winter. Rumor has it he was harassed and sacked numerous times and never really given an opportunity to get his motor started. It would seem to most pundits that the Bucs front seven were set. So, why pick an edge rusher at 32?
So, by physical statistics, he seems to match up well against Jason Pierre Paul. He also seems to resemble JPP judging by what tape is available on JPP to look at from college. And, why not more muscle for the front seven? Think how it will be if JPP and Shaquil Barrett can actually take a rest during the game and save about 15 snaps each. Fresh edge rushers all day long.
Another point is that Tampa’s scouts have been all over Washington’s players over the last few years. That’s where they got Vita Vea, who was also somewhat overlooked by the pundits.
“Really excited to have Joe join us, [he’s the] type of football player and person that we hold in high regard,” Bruce Arians exclaimed. “Smart, intelligent, passionate player who loves to play the game. Obviously has all the skills in the world, but the passion and energy that he plays with is something that really, really excited us,” from Zach Goodall, Sports Illustrated interview in April.
We’re far enough along now that we can start to believe in the choices that Bucco Bruce Arians and crew make. So, take that, pundits, this is a top pick the Bucs wanted at number 32.