2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Isaiah Wilson
By Charlie Campbell
Summary: Scouts told WalterFootball.com in 2019 that Wilson had top-10 ability if he decided to return to Georgia and worked hard to improve before going to the NFL after the 2020 season. Sources at numerous teams raved about Wilson's athletic skill set to go long with his monstrous size on the edge. If Wilson had returned to school, he could have been Georgia's starting left tackle following Andrew Thomas departing for the 2020 NFL Draft, but Wilson joined Thomas and guard Solomon Kindley in declaring for the pros.
In the ground game, there are plays when Wilson is a road grader who can absolutely drive defenders out of their gaps. He can get into the chest of defenders and ride them out of position. Wilson shows the power to bull them backward and finish them off with violence. He has the strength to push defenders around and maintain blocks. For a big blocker, Wilson is surprisingly quick to the second level and fires into space well. Wilson should present a size mismatch in the NFL and should be a real asset as a run blocker for his offense.
As a pass blocker, Wilson has excellent size on the edge with length that makes him difficult for pass-rushers to run around. On top of mismatch size, Wilson has surprising foot quickness and athleticism to get get depth in his drop. He is able to head off speed rushers and has the strength to stop bull rushes. There are plays when Wilson looks phenomenal in pass protection and then other times when he has problems with consistency.
Wilson has some inconsistency to his game that needs to get cleared up for the NFL. While there are plays on which he looks like a monster, there are also some bad beats that make one wonder how he can be the same player. There some technical issues for Wilson to improve upon like hand placement, as he can get too wide. Wilson also can stand up too high at times and not maintain good leverage. There is no doubt Wilson has a ton of ability, but he doesn't always play up to it.
Teams say that whichever team drafts Wilson is going to do it because the staff loves the good plays they see on tape and is willing to work with him to eliminate the bad beats. Some teams think Wilson could sneak late into the first round because a playoff team could think his skill set makes for a very good value late in the first round, but they probably won't see themselves as getting a player with a top-10 tool box late in the first round. While Wilson has a shot at sneaking into the opening night of the 2020 NFL Draft, he is more likely to be a second-day pick in the draft and most likely a second-rounder.
Player Comparison: Orlando Brown. Wilson reminds me of a slightly smaller and more athletic version of Brown. Brown was a second-day pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and Wilson could go on Day 2 this year. In the NFL, I think Wilson could be a similar style blocker to Brown.
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