Isaiah Wynn 2018 NFL Draft Profile

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Isaiah Wynn
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Overview
Position: Offensive Guard
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 313 pounds
School: Georgia Bulldogs

Isaiah Wynn 2018 NFL Draft Profile

When Isaiah Wynn, a Tampa Bay native, committed to Georgia, it started a trend of change. The four-star recruit packing his bags and moving to another state foreshadowed his constant changing of positions throughout his four years in Athens. Wynn earned first-team All-SEC and second-team All-American accolades during his Georgia career and was the starting left tackle in the 2018 National Championship.

Wynn began his career at left guard, playing in 11 games as a true freshman. His only start that year came not at guard, but at tight end. Wynn won the starting job at left guard at the beginning of his sophomore season. He started the first eight games there, before making the switch to left tackle for the remaining five games.

Wynn then shifted back to left guard for his junior season when transfer Tyler Catalina from Western Carolina assumed the role of left tackle. For Wynn’s senior season, he kicked back out to tackle and started all 15 games at left tackle. This marks the second time he made the switch from guard to tackle and the fourth overall position change. Wynn appears likely to make the transition back to guard full-time in the NFL.

Strengths

  • Versatile and could play any position along the offensive line;
  • Extremely quick and agile for his position;
  • Excels at blocks in the second level;
  • Excellent hand usage;
  • Highly intelligent and aware;
  • Plays to the whistle;
  • Incredibly sound with his technique.

Weaknesses

  • Lacks ideal height;
  • Has short arms for the position and will struggle against long-arm opponents;
  • Needs to add lower body strength;
  • Could get overwhelmed with NFL caliber power on the defensive line;
  • Played tackle most recently in college, and will have to fully transition to guard.

NFL Comparison: Joel Bitonio

Teams With Need at Position: Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers, The Washington Professional Team

Projection: Late first round

Bottom Line

Guard is a position that is usually pushed down the draft board because it is typically viewed as less valuable. However, with the emergence of game-changing interior defensive linemen like Aaron Donald, Geno Atkins, and Fletcher Cox, that devaluation is disappearing. Wynn is incredibly athletic for a guard and appears to be the future of the position. That said, he’s undersized and will have to compensate for his small frame and short levers. He doesn’t appear to have the body capable of sustained success at tackle in the NFL. Despite this, Wynn’s athleticism, technique, and awareness make him one of the highest rated guards in the draft.

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