In an unsurprising move, Washington edge rusher Joe Tryon appears to have signed with an agent which would mark the end of his college career. The Huskies announced the move shortly after the following instagram post from his agent went up.
The 6’5, 262 lb Tryon recently came in at #34 on Dane Brugler’s big board for the 2021 NFL draft and is clearly viewed as a potential 1st/2nd round pick within scouting circles. Given that the best case scenario for the Huskies involves games that would start around the time players normally go through the NFL combine, it’s not a surprise to see Tryon taking this path.
It is disappointing however that fans didn’t get to see him on the field in a Husky uniform one last time when he seemed poised to have the best year from a UW edge rusher since Hau’oli Kikaha. Last season Tryon broke out with 8 sacks and earned 2nd team all-conference for his efforts as a redshirt sophomore. He now finishes his UW career with 61 total tackles and 9.5 sacks.
Outside linebacker looked to be perhaps the most productive position on the Washington roster entering a potential fall season with Tryon returning along with fellow 2nd-team all-conference OLB Ryan Bowman. With Tryon leaving it opens up playing time for sophomores Zion Tupuola-Fetui and Laiatu Latu as well as 5-star true freshman Sav’ell Smalls. If there was a position where UW could lose one of their best players and still feel okay about the depth and talent remaining, it was at outside linebacker.
Tryon was a 3-star recruit coming out of high school that flashed athletic potential but who didn’t have the production to match coming out of Hazen in Renton. He initially committed to Washington State before he received the Husky offer he’d been waiting for and switched allegiances once it became an option.
.@joe_tryon is not just a pass rusher! He is extremely atheltic and a different breed! He will be able to rush the passer, & stay in the game in coverage downs. He can cover, flip and open his hip like a DB but is also an elite pass rusher@JohnClaytonNFL @McShay13 @JimNagy_SB pic.twitter.com/SSQvwDtxwn— Tracy Ford (@TFordFSP) August 27, 2020