2018 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Isaiah Wynn

  • Isaiah Wynn, 6-2/308

  • Guard

  • Georgia

  • Isaiah Wynn Scouting Report
    By Charlie Campbell

  • Rare blocker with a mean streak
  • Road-grading run blocker
  • Heavy hands
  • Generates movement in the ground game
  • Sustains blocks
  • Physical
  • Can manipulate in the ground game
  • Bullies defenders and blocks through the whistle
  • Has quality technique
  • Good at pulling
  • Agile in space
  • Awareness
  • Anchors well against bull rushes
  • Dependable pass protector
  • Ability to bend
  • Fires off the line
  • Has quick enough feet
  • Can bend at the knee
  • Experienced against good competition
  • Intelligent

  • Weaknesses:
  • Lacks length
  • Short height
  • Short arms (33 1/8 inch)
  • Will have to move inside

  • Summary: The 2018 NFL Draft is weak at the offensive tackle position, but it has some strength on the interior of the offensive line, and one of the exciting prospects there is Wynn. In 2017, Wynn was a force for the Georgia Bulldogs as their potent rushing attack led them to an SEC Championship, a playoff victory, and almost a National Championship. Wynn was rock solid as a pass protector and a road grader in the ground game.

    As a run blocker, Wynn has aggression and blocks with a mean streak. Finding nasty bullies up front is getting more difficult as the uptempo and spread offenses have changed the game. Wynn is a throwback who blocks through the whistle, pushes defenders around, buries them into the ground, and finishes them off with violence. Wynn also has developed strength to push defenders out of their gaps and open holes in the ground game. With his heavy hands, Wynn is able to sustain his blocks after shocking defenders backward. Wynn additioanlly has the quickness and athleticism to get to the second level. He can pull and would be a fit in either a zone or power-man scheme.

    In pass protection, Wynn has the quickness and agility to mirror speed rushers. He also has a strong base to hold up against bull rushes. While Wynn has talent and technique, he lacks length, which could be problematic for him in the NFL. Longer defensive ends and rush linebackers could give him problems in being able to shed his blocks.

    Because of the lack of length, evaluators from around the league are projecting Wynn to move inside to guard or center in the NFL. Sources have told me that Wynn did some work at center in practice at Georgia, and they think that Wynn could potentially move there. The versatility to play guard or center will increase his value, and if Wynn can find a home at center, he could be a powerful presence in the middle of the line. While Wynn isn't being expected to remain at left tackle, he could potentially play there in a pinch if there was an injury, because he has years of playing left tackle in the SEC to fall back on and help his team finish a game.

    If Wynn were three inches taller with arms that were an inch or two longer, he would be a top-10 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. As it stands, he is being viewed as a future starter at guard or center, and he could end up being a pro bowler. Wynn looks safe to be a second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

    Player Comparison: Kelvin Beachum. Sources from around the league have compared Wynn to Beachum to me. Beachum has been an overachiever who was able to be a quality left tackle for the Steelers despite being short and lacking length. Wynn is almost identical in size to Beachum (6-3, 308). Beachum is a better fit at guard in the NFL, but has been able to exceed expectations at tackle. Wynn could be similar as an overachiever who is a force in the ground game while being reliable in pass protection.

    NFL Matches: Denver, Tampa Bay, Chicago, Cincinnati, Seattle, Baltimore, Miami, San Francisco, Jacksonville, Indianapolis and Houston

    There are a lot of teams that could be a fit for Wynn in the 2018 NFL Draft. Denver or Tampa Bay could take Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson in the first round. Whichever doesn't land Nelson could target Wynn in the second round. Cincinnati definitely needs to improve its offensive line, so Wynn could be in play for the team as the true replacement to Kevin Zeitler. The Bears also could consider looking to get a guard upgrade.

    Seattle had Luke Joeckel starting for them last year, and he was a liability. Wynn probably isn't in contention, or would not be a good value, for the Seahawks in the first round, but if they move down and pick up a second-day pick, Wynn could make sense for them to help reestablish their rushing offense while providing better protection for Russell Wilson.

    Baltimore could use an upgrade at right tackle and could consider more talent at guard. Wynn would make sense for the Ravens on Day 2.

    One of the biggest needs on the Dolphins' roster is guard talent. If Wynn gets to their second-round pick, he could be a great fit for them.

    The 49ers need multiple upgrades to their offensive line. Wynn could make sense for San Francisco in the second round.

    Wynn has a few potential landing spots in the AFC South. The Jaguars' offensive line still needs work, where Wynn could be a quick upgrade over A.J. Cann. The Colts continue to need more talent on their offensive line, and if they lose Jack Mewhort, a guard like Wynn could make a lot of sense on Day 2. If Wynn slips to the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft, he would make a ton of sense for the Texans, as they need upgrades at guard as well as offensive tackle.



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