5. Joe Tryon, DE, Washington
Rounding out the list is Washington outside linebacker Joe Tryon, who probably isn’t a true defensive end at 6-foot-4, 251 pounds. But, he has certainly made an impact so far on the Washington Huskies defense. In 2019, Tryon put up a 12.5 tackle for loss and eight sack season, showing that he can produce against top competition.
The edge class is currently up for grabs in terms of 2021 NFL Draft stock and rankings. Miami’s Gregory Rousseau currently leads the way as a toolsy player with technique questions, but after that, it is anyone’s guess. Tryon was certainly one to watch to make some noise in 2020.
Like others in the class, Tryon has a good number of tools in his arsenal. He shows good athleticism and quickness off the snap and is comfortable rushing upright or with his hand in the dirt. Tryon is also great in pursuit.
The potential is there for Tryon to be a good edge setter against the run, but he needs to work on using his length to keep linemen from getting into his frame and latching on. He isn’t quite a finished product as a pass rusher either, which is why another season would’ve been huge for him.