21 Sep 2020

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#74 Tristan Wirfs
HT: 6’4-7/8″
WT: 320 lbs
Hand: 10-1/4″
Arm: 34″
Wing: 80-1/4″
DOB: 1/24/1999
Year: Junior
High School: Mount Vernon (Mount Vernon, IA)
Accolades: 2019 1st Team All-American, 1st Team All-Big Ten. 2018 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten. 2017 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten Freshman.

40: 4.85
Bench: 24
Vert: 36.5
Broad: 121
3 Cone: 7.65
20 Shtl: 4.68

Scouting Report: OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa

Athleticism: Tristan Wirfs tested extremely well at the NFL combine, and showed off his natural athleticism. Unfortunately, Wirfs doesn’t show the same athleticism on tape. While he is athletic, he was largely ineffective in the times he was asked to pull. 13/15. 

Power/Strength: Wirfs hulking size is enough to intimidate anyone. However, that being said, Wirfs tested well for upper body power at the Combine, but he’s really a lower body strength guy. Most of his muscle is in his legs. He can move people when he wants to, and he is compact and strong. 22/25.

Linemen Technique

Pass Blocking: Footwork is a little bit of an issue that Tristan Wirfs needs to work on, specifically when he is dropping to anchor. While his steps are short and choppy, we’ve seen him sometimes get out of rhythm and get overpowered by a speed rush as a result. Wirfs recovers well in his drop, mostly relying on his brute strength. Wirfs will get outwitted by faster, smaller athletes that use quick moves and hand technique to move past him. His Michigan tape (specifically the entire second quarter) is littered with this. 20/25. 

Run Blocking: I get the gist while watching Wirfs that he’s better at pass blocking than he is run. Wirfs is powerful and when he locks a defender down, he pushes him out of the way and often onto the second level. I think Wirfs gets caught up in blocking one guy and will miss other things happening around him. That doesn’t take away from Wirfs ability to impact the play on multiple levels, as he oftentimes does push to the next point. 16/20. 

Mental Aspect

Football IQ/Awareness: Football IQ and awareness aren’t exactly strengths to Tristan Wirfs game. He’s very average in both aspects of the game. Iowa played a lot of zone blocking schemes, which allowed Wirfs to determine his assignment through the defensive scheme. Transitions assignments well in pass protection. Adjusts to stunts very well too. Awareness is another topic entirely, as I oftentimes think by watching Wirfs that he isn’t all that aware of what’s going on around him. Oftentimes struggles from tunnel vision. 6/10. 

Leadership/Personality: Wirfs seems to be a genuine person with a lot to like. His character concerns hit a bit of a concern when he was charged with Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated in the 2018 offseason before his sophomore season. He does well with his teammates, and he was one of two freshmen in 2017 named to a leadership position. 4/5. 

Overall

First off, the sheer size of Tristan Wirfs is incredible to see on the field. Wirfs athletic profile that he put together at the NFL Combine added to his size makes him an extremely formidable prospect. He is very strong, well built and as a result, he’s an effective tackle. However, he’s also very raw and needs a lot of coaching to fine-tune some of these inconsistencies. That being said, Wirfs has so much potential, his ceiling is probably the highest in this class. I like Wirfs as a top ten prospect, and I think he has a bright future in the NFL.

Injury Rating: (3)
Ceiling Rating: (5)
Overall Grade: 89 

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