Wirfs Selected by Buccaneers in 1st Round of NFL Draft

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BRONXVILLE, N.Y. — University of Iowa junior offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of Thursday’s NFL Draft. Wirfs was the 13th player picked overall.

“The upside for Wirfs is through the roof,” said Mel Kiper, Jr., ESPN draft analyst. “He has a chance to be really good; that’s (head coach) Kirk Ferentz’s specialty at Iowa. He gets Wirfs to this level, now (Wirfs) needs to step up another notch to be a Pro Bowl-caliber player protecting (Tampa Bay quarterback) Tom Brady.”

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The Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year in the Big Ten Conference, Wirfs was named first-team All-America by Football Writers and Walter Camp. He was named first-team All-Big Ten by league coaches and media.
With the 6-foot-5, 322-pound Wirfs on the offensive line last season, the Hawkeyes won 10 games and averaged 366.5 yards (229 passing, 138 rushing) and 25.8 points per game.
In 2017, Wirfs, a native of Mount Vernon, Iowa, became the first true freshman to start for Ferentz at either offensive tackle position.   
Iowa has had eight offensive linemen selected in the NFL Draft in the last decade and 18 during the Ferentz era.

The Buccaneers traded up one spot to select Wirfs, who will help protect the recently acquired Brady. Last season, Tampa Bay led the NFL with 302.8 passing yards per game, was third in scoring offense (28.6 points per game) and third in total offense (397.9 yards per game). The Buccaneers were 24th out of 32 teams with 95.1 rushing yards per game. 

“The Buccaneers got a steal here,” said Booger McFarland, ESPN analyst.

“With his size, (Wirfs) can man-handle people at the line of scrimmage,” Kiper said.

Wirfs will rejoin Hawkeye teammate Anthony Nelson, who is in his second season with Tampa Bay. Wirfs and Nelson played together in Raymond James Stadium on Jan. 1, 2019 when Iowa defeated Mississippi State, 27-22, in the Outback Bowl.

Iowa has had at least one player drafted in every NFL Draft since 1978, including 10 first round selections. Five of those first-rounders have been offensive linemen. Wirfs is the 71st player coached by Ferentz at Iowa to be selected in the NFL Draft.
Entering Thursday, Iowa has 17 consecutive draft choices remaining active in the NFL, second only to Michigan’s 19.

To read the University of Iowa’s NFL Draft Central Page, click HERE.

2020 NFL Draft
Round 1 Tristan Wirfs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Offensive Tackle
2019 NFL Draft
Round 1 T.J. Hockenson Detroit Lions Tight End
Round 1 Noah Fant Denver Broncos Tight End
Round 4 Anthony Nelson Tampa Bay Buccanners Defensive End
Round 4 Amani Hooker Tennessee Titans Defensive Back
2018 NFL Draft
Round 2 James Daniels Chicago Bears Offensive Line
Round 2 Josh Jackson Green Bay Packers Defensive Back
Round 4 Josey Jewell Denver Broncos Linebacker
2017 NFL Draft
Round 3 C.J. Beathard San Francisco 49ers Quarterback
Round 4 Jaleel Johnson Minnesota Vikings Defensive Line
Round 5 George Kittle San Francisco 49ers Tight End
Round 5 Desmond King Los Angeles Chargers Defensive Back
2016 NFL Draft
Round 7 Austin Blythe Indianapolis Colts Offensive Line
2015 NFL Draft
Round 1 Brandon Scherff Washington Redskins Offensive Line
Round 3 Carl Davis Baltimore Ravens Defensive Line
Round 4 Andrew Donnal St. Louis Rams Offensive Line
2014 NFL Draft
Round 3 C.J. Fiedorowicz Houston Texans Tight End
Round 3 Christian Kirksey Cleveland Browns Linebacker
Round 4 Anthony Hitchens Dallas Cowboys Linebacker
2013 NFL Draft
Round 5 Micah Hyde Green Bay Packers Cornerback
2012 NFL Draft
Round 1 Riley Reiff Detroit Offensive Line
Round 4 Mike Daniels Green Bay Defensive Line
Round 5 Adam Gettis Washington Offensive Line
Round 5 Shaun Prater Cincinnati Defensive back
Round 6 Marvin McNutt Philadelphia Wide receiver
Round 7 Jordan Bernstine Washington Defensive back
2011 NFL Draft
Round 1 Adrian Clayborn Tampa Bay Defensive end
Round 4 Christian Ballard Minnesota Defensive Line
Round 5 Ricky Stanzi Kansas City Quarterback
Round 5 Karl Klug Tennessee Defensive Line
Round 5 Julian Vandervelde Philadelphia Offensive Line
Round 6 Tyler Sash New York Giants Defensive back
2010 NFL Draft
Round 1 Bryan Bulaga Green Bay Offensive Line
Round 2 Pat Angerer Indianapolis Linebacker
Round 3 Amari Spievey Detroit Defensive back
Round 3 Tony Moeaki Kansas City Tight end
Round 4 A.J. Edds Miami Linebacker
Round 7 Kyle Calloway Buffalo Offensive Line
2009 NFL Draft
Round 3 Shonn Greene New York Jets Running back
Round 3 Bradley Fletcher St. Louis Defensive back
Round 4 Seth Olsen Denver Offensive Line
Round 6 Brandon Myers Oakland Tight end
2008 NFL Draft
Round 3 Charles Godfrey Carolina Defensive back
Round 4 Kenny Iwebema Arizona Defensive end
Round 6 Mike Humpal Pittsburgh Linebacker
2007 NFL Draft
Round 3 Marshal Yanda Baltimore Offensive Line
Round 4 Scott Chandler San Diego Tight end
Round 7 Mike Elgin New England Offensive Line
2006 NFL Draft
Round 1 Chad Greenway Minnesota Linebacker
Round 3 Abdul Hodge Green Bay Linebacker
2005 NFL Draft
Round 2 Matt Roth Miami Defensive end
Round 2 Jonathan Babineaux Atlanta Defensive Line
Round 4 Sean Considine Philadelphia Defensive Back
Round 6 Tony Jackson Seattle Tight end
Round 6 Pete McMahon Oakland Offensive Line
2004 NFL Draft
Round 1 Robert Gallery Oakland Offensive Line
Round 2 Bob Sanders Indianapolis Defensive Back
Round 3 Nate Kaeding San Diego Place kicker
Round 7 Jared Clauss Tennessee Defensive Line
Round 7 Erik Jensen St. Louis Tight end
2003 NFL Draft
Round 1 Dallas Clark Indianapolis Tight end
Round 2 Eric Steinbach Cincinnati Offensive Line
Round 2 Bruce Nelson Carolina Center
Round 5 Derek Pagel New York Jets Defensive Back
Round 5 Ben Sobieski Buffalo Offensive Line
2002 NFL Draft
Round 2 Ladell Betts Washington Running Back
Round 5 Aaron Kampman Green Bay Defensive Line
Round 6 Kahlil Hill Atlanta Wide receiver
2001 NFL Draft
Round 6 Kevin Kasper Denver Wide receiver
2000 NFL Draft
Round 5 Austin Wheatley New Orleans Tight end
Round 6 Matt Bowen St. Louis Defensive Back