2021 NFL Draft: Joe Tryon bolsters Buccaneers’ pass rush

Joe Tryon, Washington football (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Joe Tryon, Washington football (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

When you are in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers position, sit back and let the board come to you. Looking at the pass rushers, the Bucs have already made it no surprise they would take a pass rusher like Joe Tryon.

Jason Pierre-Paul, Shaquil Barrett, and even William Gholston are long physical pass rushers. Tryon’s arms are in the neighborhood of 34 inches, and at 6-foot-5, the Washington standout is long and explosive off the ball.

The timing of bringing in a rusher like Tryon is perfect. As he develops, there is no immediate rush for Tryon to play, and he can come in situationally until he is ready.

What the Buccaneers get in Joe Tryon

In 2019, Tryon had 12.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks for the Huskies. Tryon is a powerful and physical pass rusher off of the edge. However, Tryon was hurt by opting out as much as any player in this draft.

Tryon is a raw, unrefined prospect. However, there are loads of natural ability and easy athleticism. Tryon is dangerous as a wide nine-pass rusher in space against an offensive tackle. However, he does need some refinement.

Tryon can get lost in the run game in over pursuit. The motor is to be admired, but Tryon has to read where the running back is trying to meet him there instead of trying to beat him to the hole.

As a pass rusher, Tryon needs to develop more counter moves and a pass rush plan. That is why the pick makes so much sense for the Bucs. Tryon can take time and learn behind so many polished veterans and not get hurried to the field.

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