By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
Former Iowa offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs became the sixth Hawkeye to be taken in the first round of the NFL draft in the past 10 years last night. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Wirfs with the 13th pick as he will be in competition for the job of protecting future Hall-of-Famer Tom Brady, who recently signed with Tampa Bay. Wirfs was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and the conference Offensive Lineman of the Year last season as a junior. He was a 3-sport athlete for most of his high school days in Mount Vernon where he graduated from in 2017 before heading to the U of I.
Wirfs was the 71st Hawkeye to be taken in the draft in the Kirk Ferentz era at Iowa. The tenth first round pick, 18th offensive lineman and the fifth underclassmen in the first round all-time. The previous highest NFL draft pick from Linn County was Iowa’s Tom Farmer of Cedar Rapids Wilson High School in 1943, he went to the Cleveland Rams.
Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa who some thought would go late in the first round did not get picked and will have to wait for Friday’s second round, which begins at 6pm this evening. The Bengals, Colts, Lions, Giants and Patriots have the first 5 picks.