One player that has seemed to move up draft boards pretty quickly and could be a target in the first round for the Buffalo Bills is defensive end Joe Tryon. Let’s take a look at his profile and how he could impact this defense with the Bills.
Weight: 259 pounds
Hands: 10 1/4″
Joe Tryon played 23 games over two seasons before opting out of the 2020 season. In his first two seasons with the University of Washington, he had 61 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for a loss, nine sacks and two passes defended. In his final season, he played he took a big step forward and finished with 12.5 tackles for a loss and eight sacks in 13 games.
NFL.com Scouting Report by Lance Zierlein
"Currently, he’s too obvious as a rusher and doesn’t have a myriad of go-to moves or counters when he’s facing off against a talented opponent. The key for Tryon will be learning to grease the edge and create angles of entry both inside and outside. He has high upside but could spend the first year or two as a rotational defender while adding more polish."
How he fits with the Buffalo Bills
There is some question about whether or not Joe Tryon is a better fit as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense or as a defensive end in a 4-3 defense. He would undoubtedly be a defensive end for the Bills and is a player who could work into the rotation as a rookie, primarily on passing downs.
The question is whether or not he could become that full-time starter that contributes setting the edge against the run but also rushing the passer. He would likely need to add some weight to fill that role and the question becomes how that might impact his pass rushing ability.
Another potential concern for the Buffalo Bills is not having tape on Tryon this past season. In 2019, Tryon began to show signs that he could be a very good pass rusher but the question is whether that was a sign of things to come or just a one-year occurrence.
Even with all the questions, the potential is there and the Buffalo Bills could be the perfect landing spot as they would be able to slowly work him into the rotation as a rookie. He is a player that should be high on their draft board and a potential first round target.