Dominant up front: Tampa Bay's Tristan Wirfs had a an incredible rookie season
It’s not exactly breaking news to say that former Iowa offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs was outstanding in his rookie season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was a starter on a team that finished with an 11-5 regular season record and ended up hoisting the Lombardi Trophy after a 31-9 win over Kansas City in Super Bowl LV.
That, alone, is enough to say that Tampa Bay made the right decision with its first-round draft choice.
But some recent numbers showed just how dominant Wirfs was from the first day he arrived in Tampa. Even as the No. 13 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, it felt like the former Hawkeye was a steal.
.@TristanWirfs74 had an unreal rookie season 🔥
Bucs got one. pic.twitter.com/aG0FESKMCi
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) February 28, 2021
According to Bleacher Report, Wirfs started every game in his rookie season and was the only Tampa Bay player on either side of the football with zero missed snaps during the year. He was flagged just one time since Week 5 and surrendered just one sack during the year.
Wirfs’ stat line could serve as a marketing tool for Kirk Ferentz on the recruiting trail.
There was a lot of hype surrounding Wirfs and his ability to make an immediate impact in the NFL out of Iowa. But it’s safe to say that the former Hawkeye exceeded even the highest expectations in his first year in the professional ranks.