Position: Offensive Tackle
Weight: 322 lbs.
Wirfs is a standout talent in the trenches with quick, smooth feet and ideal size and strength for the position. He can pave the way for running backs as well as pass protect at a high level. His core and lower-body strength held him ward off opposing pass rushers, as do his long arms.
He’s played on the right side of the offensive line, which makes some question whether he can anchor the all-important left tackle position in the NFL and protect the blind side. Wirfs was beaten at times by elite competition, but for the most part, he’s been consistently excellent.
Why he may fit with Washington:
Anyone who’s followed the Redskins closely knows about the Trent Williams saga. The former Pro Bowler will sit out the season, and the team’s quarterbacks have paid for it at times throughout the year. Washington must keep rookie signal caller Dwayne Haskins healthy to see what they have in him, and adding Wirfs would be an excellent start to that. Though an offensive lineman from Iowa may not be the sexiest selection near the top of the first round, he may be the most prudent pick.
Wirfs can be a cornerstone player on either side of the offensive line due to his size and skill, which may be too hard for the Redskins’ front office to pass up at the top of the first round.
Projected Round: Early 1st