WT: 210 lbs
Year: Redshirt Junior
High School: Oliver M. Hazen (Seattle, WA)
Accolades: 2nd Team All-PAC 12, 2 time PAC 12 Defensive Lineman of the Week
Athletic Ability: Very good athleticism with aggressive burst off the LOS to explode into the point of attack, especially in obvious passing situations. Stiff hips limit his ability to change direction quickly when cornering or pursuing in the open field.
Pass Rushing: Aggressive pass rusher with impressive hand quickness and strength to deliver a good initial blow, lock out his arms and either drive the lineman back with good hip roll and lower body strength or get skinny and explosively swim over the top. 5th most sacks in the PAC 12 in 2019 (8) despite offenses scheming double teams and roll outs to keep him off the QB. Struggles with losing contain when countering his speed rush inside and lacks the change of direction ability to chase down mobile QBs when scrambling.
Vs the Run: Good ability to win inside hand placement with quick snap reaction and extend his arms to gain two-way go. Uses his arm and hand strength to “show color” in his gap, keeping engaged with his blocker while turning to allow him to fill his assigned gap, and aggressively shed the block when the play comes his way. Pad level can be an issue when anticipating the option and not attacking up field, which can allow him to be driven back out of the play.
Mental Processing: The areas where he struggles the most are his play recognition and awareness. While this may improve with more coaching over his redshirt Junior year, he has problems with even pass/run reads, often flying up field to sack the QB and allowing the run to go underneath him or anticipating a run and hesitating too long to apply pressure. When he makes the right read, the result is usually great, but he is too inconsistent making those reads.
Competitiveness: Good competitiveness, with consistent aggressiveness and shows extra effort in clutch situations. Hard punishing hitter coming downhill with good physical toughness. Does not consistently show second effort to pursue the play and does not fly to the ball to help with gang tackles.
Overall: Joe Tryon is an aggressive athletic EDGE who fits best as a 3-4 OLB but could also function as a 4-3 DE as he was effective playing both stand up and with his hand in the dirt. His pass rushing ability will be his calling card with the hand strength and quickness to win on the edge in space. Will be a functional run defender when he can correctly diagnose plays, but his mental mistakes may limit his immediate impact.
What to look for in 2020: Can his decision making and instincts improve with another season of coaching? If so, he may be rising up the draft boards late in the season. Don’t be surprised to see him as a first team All-PAC 12 player that will strike fear into the hearts of opposing QBs.
Way Too Early Projection: Expect to see Tryon taken late in the 1st round based on his physical tools, though if he can limit his mental mistakes he has mid 1st round potential.