Tampa Bay Buccaneers move up in draft to get OL Tristan Wirfs to protect Tom Brady


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers moved up a spot on the NFL draft Thursday, trading with the San Francisco 49ers to acquire the 13th pick in the draft and choose Iowa offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs.

Wirfs, who was not projected to still be available at the spot, is a versatile offensive lineman who is expected to start right away and will have a big role in protecting 43-year-old quarterback Tom Brady.

The Bucs gave up a fourth-round pick to move up, with the Niners getting the Bucs’ picks at Nos. 14 and 117, in exchange for the No. 13 and Tampa Bay’s last seventh-round pick, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

It was the first time since 2015 that not a single team traded its draft slot in the top 10 picks.

Wirfs was a phenom at the scouting combine, solidifying his status as one of the top offensive tackles in the draft. He did 36.5 inches in the vertical jump, better than many skill-position players, and he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.85 seconds — the fastest time by a 320-pound-plus player since at least 2006.

Source : ESPN