With no truly pressing needs to address in the first round, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made what some might consider a luxury pick by drafting Joe Tryon out of Washington. The dynamic pass rusher further bolsters an already-strong defense, joining the defending Super Bowl champions as their first-round pick.
Tryon seemed like a player the Bucs honed in on throughout the pre-draft process and what impressed them was his lateral agility. General manager Jason Licht shared with reporters what stood out about Tryon and he highlighted his combination of size and speed, while also pointing to his effort.
Bucs GM Jason Licht says first-round pick Joe Tryon is “big, athletic, plays very hard.” Can’t have enough edge rushers, he says. “We feel like we got great value there. We’re actually very excited there.”
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) April 30, 2021
Movement skills are critical for an edge rusher, needing to show he can slip by blockers and move quickly to either set the edge or rush the passer from the outside. On tape, Tryon’s quickness stood out to the Bucs, which made him a priority at No. 32.
Jason Licht says Joe Tryon’s workouts really jumped off the tape with his lateral movement. The Bucs had some opportunities to trade back but chose not to when Tryon remained available at 32.
— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) April 30, 2021
Here’s more of what Licht said about the Buccaneers’ first-round pick, saying he never gives up on a play.
#Bucs GM Jason Licht says Tryon never gives up. His workouts really jumped off the tape the way he could move his feet laterally, along with his balance. He’s got the luxury of not having to be a starter or contributor out there right away. He’ll play a role when out there.
— PewterReport (@PewterReport) April 30, 2021