The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a good thing going with defensive linemen from the University of Washington.
Three years after picking Vita Vea with the No. 12 overall pick, the Buccaneers went back to the Montlake crew Thursday night, selecting high-upside Joe Tryon with the final pick of the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Tryon prepped at Hazen High School before spending three season with the UW – and then opting out of the 2020 season to prepare for a shot in the NFL.
Rob Rang, the contributing NFL Draft expert for Fox Sports, points out that the Buccaneers’ run to last year’s Super Bowl had a lot to do with the talent and depth along their defensive line. They added an intriguing piece in Tryon, an edge rusher who could play outside linebacker.
“It made sense for the Bucs of the talented but raw edge rushers in this class,” Rang said. “Tryon … is just a ‘pup,’ still needing to learn how to harness his combination of burst and power. He has the work ethic … to grow into a monster.”
Tryon was the fifth – and final – defensive end picked in the opening round Thursday night.