Isaiah Wynn could be the most versatile offensive lineman in this draft. How will his talent translate to the next level?
The Sports Quotient’s annual Draft Preview series returns! Over the course of the eight weeks leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft, we will take a look at the top NFL prospects at each position. This week, we dive into the offensive line position. Today, we look at Isaiah Wynn from the University of Georgia.
After a dominant high school career at Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg, Florida, that labeled him as a top-10 prospect nationally, Wynn decided to head slightly north for college ball and attend the University of Georgia. A gifted player who can play both tackle and guard, Wynn began his college career at guard, where he played sparingly as a freshman, appearing in 11 games (including one start as a backup tight end).
Wynn impressed during his limited playing time as a freshman, earning him a starting job for his sophomore season in which he initially remained at guard and started eight games. Wynn was then moved to left tackle and he continued to shine, starting the final five games for the Bulldogs. Although he was productive at tackle, Wynn was slid back over to his natural guard position for his junior season following the transfer of current Washington Redskin Tyler Catalina from Western Carolina to Georgia.
1,104 pass blocking snaps by Isaiah Wynn (at guard and tackle) since 2014.— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) March 25, 2018
4 sacks allowed;
2 hits allowed;
20 hurries allowed pic.twitter.com/BFKPiGafCz
While he was talented enough to go pro after his junior year, Wynn elected to return for his senior campaign and did not disappoint. Wynn was widely recognized for his play, earning first-team All-SEC and second-team AP All-American honors en route to becoming one of the nation’s top offensive linemen.
Perhaps his most defining attribute is his natural movement. Wynn possesses elite agility and exceptional footwork for an offensive lineman, allowing him to pick up opposing rushers with ease. Moreover, Wynn’s lateral quickness is often underestimated, given his 313-pound frame; his ability to move side-to side is definitely intriguing for NFL scouts.
Likely viewed as a guard in the NFL, Isaiah Wynn allowed just five pressures while playing tackle in 2017 pic.twitter.com/YbeQskThhI— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) March 31, 2018
Just the first couple of snaps but I think Isaiah Wynn might have pretty good feet pic.twitter.com/eED1f17EJu— Waldo Roren (@Bengals_Guy) February 9, 2018
Furthermore, Wynn has incredibly strong hands, which he utilizes to create open running lanes for ball carriers, as illustrated by the success of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel (both expected to be taken early in this year’s draft). Chubb and Michel concluded the 2017 season with 1,345 yards on 223 carries and 1,227 rushing yards, respectively, and it’s safe to say Wynn played a major role in their triumph.
Isaiah Wynn (LT #77) is one of my favorite prospects in this entire draft. Watch his savviness and awareness to not over run the play & give himself room to wall off the backside LB to clear the run lane for the RB. pic.twitter.com/OSwHrw4M8G— J.R.(@JReidDraftScout) March 19, 2018
Wynn doesn’t come with many weaknesses; however, the very few that accompany him are a bit concerning, the major one being his size. Should Wynn decide to remain at tackle, he would be undersized. The average height for NFL tackles is 6’5, whereas Wynn is 6’2 and could struggle physically against the bigger defensive ends of the NFL.
In addition, Wynn needs to learn to play within himself consistently. He had the tendency to become impatient in college, chasing pursuing defenders on occasion, rather than forcing them to come to him. To become a complete and polished lineman at the next level, Wynn will surely need to improve in this area.
Da’Shawn Hand swim moves Isaiah Wynn pic.twitter.com/dajp2Jye0u— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) January 23, 2018
Although Wynn is packed into a smaller frame, he is unbelievably strong and is fully capable of developing into a full-time starter at the next level. Look for teams to scout and potentially draft Wynn as a guard, or even center, given his superb athletic ability at various positions.
Wynn is arguably the most versatile offensive lineman in this draft class and should be an attractive option for teams picking in the late first/early second rounds. He has been recently linked to the Redskins, who are in need of a left guard, as a possibility at pick #13. However, should they pass on Wynn, other teams in need of offensive line help, such as the Seattle Seahawks or Detroit Lions, could be waiting at picks 19 and 21, respectively.
Edited by Jazmyn Brown.
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