As we have started to go through the numbers of the 2020 NFL Combine we have seen the good, the bad and now we get to the great.
While Derrick Brown raised some concerns and Jonathan Taylor gave us little question that he will be good at the next level, few prospects did as well as Tristan Wirfs.
Wirfs athletic testing along the offensive line was some of the best we have seen at any NFL Combine.
His explosiveness and athleticism has him in some rare air and makes him not just one of the best players, but one of the few “sure things” in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Wirfs 3-Cone and short shuttle was not blazing, but as a projected tackle it does not need to be.
No, instead Wirfs showed an explosiveness rarely seen from athletes of his size, at 6-5 and 320lbs, reaching heights few have in the vertical and broad jumps.
These are explosive testing metrics and actually show themselves to be important in pass blocking sets and getting hips through in the run game.
His low end comp is nothing to sneeze at, as Wirfs “worst case” type of scenario is someone like Jon Stitchcomb, a one-time Pro Bowl tackle for the New Orleans Saints. Stitchcomb started for five seasons for the Saints and was the starter on their Super Bowl winning team. He was a second round pick in 2003.
Wirfs tape, plus athletic testing makes him one of the safest picks in the 2020 NFL Draft and an easy projection at right tackle for the Arizona Cardinals if they decide to go that route.