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  From his home in Mount Vernon, Iowa offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs speaks to Buccaneers reporters after he was taken No. 13 overall in the draft. Hawk Central When Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht saw one of the most athletic offensive tackles to ever enter the NFL Draft available at No. 13, he couldn't pass up a chance to wait until No. 14. Licht, who once worked with Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz while they were on staff with the New England Patriots from 2009 to 2011, traded up one spot Thursday night to land Hawkeyes right tackle Tristan Wirfs.

"He can run, which is a great asset for an offensive tackle to have, but it's not the No. 1 thing," Licht said, a nod to the 6-foot-5, 320-pound Wirfs' blazing 4.85-second run in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. "We like the fact that he comes out of a program where they're known for developing offensive linemen. Kirk Ferentz and … the entire staff there are very good coaches, so it's a big plus when you can get a guy out of a great program like that. They know how to work." And with that selection, Wirfs became one of the stars of the NFL Draft's virtual night. He earlier was part of a viral video that showed the giant 21-year-old holding flowers and waiting at the end of a red carpet that was rolled out in the front yard of his Mount Vernon, Iowa, home. Wirfs hugged his mom, Sarah, who raised him and his younger sister. A few hours later, the phone call came from the Bucs, letting him know that they were trading up to get him. - Iowa City Press-Citizen

(DS#1 OT) Jr/2020 OT *Tristan WirfsIowa
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