The Tampa Bay Buccaneers moved up a spot in the NFL draft Thursday, trading with the San Francisco 49ers to acquire the 13th overall pick and choose Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs.
Wirfs, who was not projected to still be available at the spot, is a versatile offensive lineman who is expected to step in right away at right tackle. He will have a big role in protecting quarterback Tom Brady, who turns 43 in August.
When asked on ESPN's telecast what he wanted Brady to know, Wirfs said, "I'm just ready to go. I'm looking forward to it."
The Bucs, like many teams, had four offensive tackles they considered top-tier in Wirfs, Andrew Thomas, Jedrick Wills and Mekhi Becton. By the time the 49ers were on the clock at No. 13, only one remained.