Tristan Wirfs
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Blewett’s Blitz turns its attention to one of the four NFL Draft beasts along the offensive line, Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs.

Tristan Wirfs was moving through the NFL Draft in a semi-regular fashion until the combine came. Then, suddenly, a monster was born.

The Iowa product’s athleticism at his size could no longer be hidden and his stock had skyrocketed towards the top of his position, right there alongside Alabama’s Jedrick Wills Jr.

Today, Blewett’s Blitz breaks down the good and bad for Tristan Wirfs and how Joe Douglas and the New York Jets may be viewing him.

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Tristan Wirfs (RT) gets into his pass set while the 5-tech and the linebacker exchange gaps as the latter blitzes off of the edge. Wirfs gets his hands on the defensive end while remaining square and keeping his eyes on the backer. He shows some smooth feet/lateral agility to get back out on the LB quickly.

Wirfs (RT) gets into his 45-degree set with a good base and smooth feet (would be careful with angling hips a little early) framing the rusher. Wirfs then alternates punches with the right then left, and his hands get deleted off. Rusher slips to the ground and Wirfs jumps on him while not giving him a chance to get up.

Wirfs plays with that Iowa mentality. He takes a 45-degree set vs the 9-tech, who ends up getting into Wirf’s chest as he shoots wide (and is throwing hips back to get into anchor). The rusher tries to take the direct track to the quarterback inside of Wirfs. Wirfs drops his post, gets his left into his chest, right into the ribs, drives and finishes the block.

Here’s a 3-step drop from the shotgun (equivalent to 5-step from under center). Wirfs oversets, giving the defensive end a two-way go. The defensive end rushes at an outside angle and gives Wirfs a hesitation. Wirfs reaches for the block and the defensive end uses a double swipe and gets the hit on the quarterback. Wirfs needs to fight to stay inside here.

Some good and bad here. Wirfs needs to clean up his feet here as his fourth/fifth steps are huge ones, opening his hips to the outside and limits quick COD. He has to reach for the penetrator of the ET stunt. Still able to get hands-on, eyes up and doesn’t overcommit. Movement skills to get back outside and strong punch.

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