Georgia tackle Isaiah Wynn spent four years consistently improving, honing his craft in the trenches. He’ll now be practicing that craft on one of the biggest stages in the NFL after the New England Patriots made the big guy the 23rd overall pick in the first round of the draft.
Wynn was not a guy who would have been on first round mock draft boards before the 2017 season. But as Georgia’s stock soared Wynn’s took flight right along with it. He allowed only one sack at his left tackle spot, starting all 15 games for the SEC champs. He was rewarded for his consistency by being named 1st team All-SEC by league coaches and 2nd team by the AP. Amazingly he did all that while playing with a torn labrum in his shoulder which required surgery after the season. I’m not sure I’ve heard Kirby Smart use the word “tough” to describe any UGA player more often than Isaiah Wynn.
At 6’2, 305 pounds Wynn doesn’t look like the prototype blindside tackle. And it’s unlikely he’ll play there in the league, barring catastrophe. But he can theoretically play every position up and down the line for the Pats, fitting naturally at guard and having some experience backing up current Pats’ center David Andrews during his college career.
Wynn is a technician, with a great first step and amazing footwork all around. He plays with leverage and exhibits a phenomenal understanding of angles. Wynn was named one of four permanent team captains following the 2017 season, a good indicator that he has the character and leadership to be a “Belichick guy.”
Wynn joins Andrews and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell to give New England three ‘Dawgs on the roster. With Wynn joining Roquan Smith in the first round, the Bulldogs have two first round selections for the first time since 2013, when Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree were each early picks. Until later . . .