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The choice: OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
At first glance, the Iowa Tristan Wirfs at the Arizona Cardinals don’t seem like an ideal fit. The mighty 320-pound offensive lineman is most often seen as a top-level racing blocker who can be better suited to guard.
Certainly, the Wirfs cannot be the cardinals’ response to the right tackle. False. It is the perfect option for Arizona.
First, the defending Big Ten attacking lineman of the year received the highest pass blocking rating in true pass sets among the top five prospects for incoming attacking attacks, by Pro Football Focus.
Second, Wirfs is an exceptional athlete who has tested among the 100th percentile of the NFL’s offensive linemen in the SPARQ (speed, power, agility, reaction and speed) rating, according to Zach Whitman, of athlete Three Sigma.
Finally, the 21-year-old blocker is ideal for the Cardinals’ burgeoning ground game because of his experience in the Iowa heavy zone pattern.