2021 NFL Draft Player Preview: Joe Tryon

  • Joe Tryon, 6-5/262

  • Defensive End

  • Washington

  • Joe Tryon 2020 Preview
    By Charlie Campbell

    Career Recap: Under former head coach Chris Petersen and defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake, the Huskies were a steady producer for NFL defensive talent. With Lake replacing the retired Petersen, that trend should continue, and Tryon could keep it going in the 2021 NFL Draft. After redshirting in 2017, Tryon was a backup as a redshirt freshman. During his sophomore year, he took over as a starter and broke out for the Huskies. He was one of the top pass-rushers in the Pac-12, recording eight sacks with 41 tackles and 12.5 tackles for a loss.

    2020 Season Outlook: Tryon has an excellent schedule to sink-or-swim as a junior, as he will take on some excellent offensive tackle prospects for the 2021 NFL Draft. In early October, Tryon will take on the top left tackle prospect for the 2021 NFL Draft entering this season in Oregon's Penei Sewell. In early November, Tryon will see Stanford offensive tackle Walker Little. Those two offensive tackles could be early-rounders, and if Tryon has good tapes against them his draft stock could skyrocket.

    Skill-Set Summary: The NFL has an insatiable desire for edge defenders who can get after a quarterback, so a player like Tryon should be in demand in his draft class. As a pass rusher, Tryon has talent for the next level with a good combination of height, length, and speed off the edge. Tryon shows a good get-off, firing off the ball and getting upfield.

    Tryon is skilled at using his active hands and feet at the same time while keeping his eyes on the quarterback. Tryon possesses a nice variety in pass-rushing moves, using an arm over, spin move, and sets up tackles well to cut to the inside or outside. Tryon thrives off of space, and when he gets free, he flashes real pursuit skills with speed to close quickly. When Tryon gets blockers hands off of him and finds a crease, quarterbacks are in real trouble. Tryon also gives a good second effort and plays with a quality motor.

    Tryon needs more refinement for the NFL, and that is understandable considering he has only one year of playing time. He should get better as he gains experience. That being said, Tryon needs to continue to develop his pass-rushing moves and make them more effective. When Tryon breaks free, he eats up space quickly with his speed and closes well on the quarterback, but getting off blocks is the biggest point of improvement for the next level.

    Tryon needs to improve as a run defender for the NFL. He can get pushed backward in the ground game, as offensive linemen get under his pads and ride him off the line. Like many tall defenders, Tryon gets in trouble when he stands up too high. He needs to play with better leverage and stay lower to make himself more stout as a run defender. Tryon also needs to improve his ability to shed blocks, so he can use his pursuit skills to get to the ball-carrier.

    For the NFL, Tryon would fit well as a 3-4 outside linebacker, and having a five-technique near him to help occupy offensive tackles could make Tryon more effective. Tryon also could be a base end in a 4-3, but he could be a better player in a 3-4.

    2021 NFL Draft Expectations: Entering his junior year, Tryon has the potential to be an early-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.



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