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Iowa’s Wirfs drafted by Bucs

Iowa’s Wirfs drafted by Bucs

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. — University of Iowa junior offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of Thursday’s NFL Draft. Wirfs was the 13th player picked overall.

The Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year in the Big Ten Conference, Wirfs was named first-team All-America by Football Writers and Walter Camp. He was named first-team All-Big Ten by league coaches and media.

With the 6-foot-5, 322-pound Wirfs on the offensive line last season, the Hawkeyes won 10 games and averaged 366.5 yards (229 passing, 138 rushing) and 25.8 points per game.

In 2017, Wirfs, a native of Mount Vernon, Iowa, became the first true freshman to start for Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz at either offensive tackle position.

Iowa has had eight offensive linemen selected in the NFL Draft in the last decade and 18 during the Kirk Ferentz era.

Iowa has had at least one player drafted in every NFL Draft since 1978, including 10 first round selections. Five of those first-rounders have been offensive linemen. Wirfs is the 71st player coached by Ferentz at Iowa to be selected in the NFL Draft.

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