Tristan Wirfs and family make most of NFL Draft home setup with red carpet treatment

Dargan Southard
Hawk Central
Iowa junior right tackle Tristan Wirfs leads the Iowa Hawkeyes football team to the entrance of the San Diego Zoo on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019, in San Diego, Calif.

Who says you can’t have Las Vegas-style fun in Mount Vernon, Iowa?

That’s what Tristan Wirfs and his dedicated friends and family have going.

The former Iowa standout, who’s set to become a first-round NFL Draft pick over the next few hours, will hear his named called from home instead of the Strip like years of prospects past. The coronavirus pandemic wiped out any chance of in-person contact.

Thursday night kicks off the first of three virtual draft days.

So Wrifs had to improvise.

After presenting his mother, Sarah, with flowers, Tristan walked her down the "red carpet" rolled out in the front yard. Also nearby was a massive congratulatory sign.

Two videos, one from KCRG-TV's Josh Christiansen and from ESPN's Rich Cimini, captured the awesome moment. 

Wirfs is expected to go, at worst, somewhere in the first dozen or so picks of the 2020 draft — although he’ll likely come off the board even earlier. The New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins are the teams most often picking Wirfs in mock drafts across the board.      

Dargan Southard covers Iowa and UNI athletics, recruiting and preps for the Des Moines Register, and the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Email him at or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.