ATB Draft Profile: Isaiah Wynn
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I didn’t know much about Isaiah Wynn before starting this review of his tape. I really had just seen him being projected as the second or third guard to be taken in this year’s 2018 NFL Draft. The order for most pundits were Quenton Nelson number 1, with Isaiah Wynn and Will Hernandez from UTEP being two and three almost interchangeably by the week.
The thing is, any Buccaneers fan with logic will tell you that the possibility of Quenton Nelson being available for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to select at No. 7 gets slimmer by the day. So as we get closer and closer to the NFL Draft, the thought of nabbing either Isaiah Wynn or Will Hernandez becomes a reality, if the Bucs really want a high quality guard. I decided to do a draft profile on Isaiah Wynn strictly for that reason. If the Buccaneers are going to target this guy, I needed to know more about him.
What does he do, and what does he do best? What are his flaws? Most importantly, what is the drop off between Quenton Nelson and the next tier of this year’s crop of offensive guards?
When I started to watch the tape I was surprised because Wynn comes from a top-tier, very historic program in the Georgia Bulldogs; however he didn’t have much tape available. A couple of games from 2016, and the rest from this year in 2018. Even though he had a limited amount of film, I decided that would help my evaluation overall. I could watch all of what was available in 2016 see what he was good and not so good at; then watch his 2018 tape and see how much he improved or didn’t.
I finally got a chance to sit down and give Wynn’s tape the once over. At the very first glance, you could tell he’s a good player. A mountain of a human being. In the very first game I watched Georgia had Isaiah Wynn line up all over the starting O-line. Both guard slots, and he did some nice things at both spots. Wynn gets great extension with his arms after the initial contact with a defender. Wynn is also a classic whistle to whistle blocker. If I had stopped at this point, I could already see with those three traits that Wynn is the type of player that Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht would covet. I really love the fact that Isaiah Wynn is a guard who looks for work. You’ve heard me say this before in previous articles but it’s a trait I absolutely have to have in any offensive lineman. In building on the last sentence’s positive note, Wynn is also adept at getting to the second level of the defense. Especially if there’s no initial pressure that comes at him. So far everything I had seen had been pretty positive. That’s why the first thing I want to illustrate is what Wynn didn’t do particularly well in 2016. Pulling.
Isaiah Wynn, is No. 77 in the above gif. In this play he is tasked with pulling to the right and sealing that hole for the running back. Notice how Wynn’s step are super-choppy, downright hesitant if you ask me. The defender that Wynn ends up engaging is staring square at the running back and doesn’t see Wynn coming from a mile away. Little buddy got caught flat-footed and just managed to protect himself against the oncoming Wynn and stand his ground. In that situation I would’ve liked to see Wynn knock him into next week.
Is He Worth It?
Isaiah Wynn is getting billed as a sure-fire first round prospect. So the question then becomes to me; Is he a mid-first round pick? Is he a latter first round pick? How high to too high? One thing I always draw back to…film don’t lie. The bulk of Wynn’s tape is in the marquee games I’d want to watch anyway. Which helps. One thing that jumped out to me from this guy’s film is that he anchors WELL! Once he’s fully engaged and decides to plant his feet, this dude ain’t going anywhere. Watch this:
Look at the way Wynn gets jerked back initially, absorbs his defender’s attack and plants his feet. He redirects all that force to stonewall his defender and take away that guy’s path to the ball-carrier. This also forces the one on one with the running back and linebacker. Your running back should win that battle. Also notice how once he’s entangled with the defensive tackle he continues to push forward with his hands (*which are in the premium position by the way*).
Under the Lights?
Let’s make the jump to the 2018 College Football Playoff film. Georgia first played Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl before getting to the National Championship game. At some point during this 2016 season Wynn made the switch to left tackle. He obviously did that well enough to remain there into the 2018 year. So in the film below, that’s the spot where you’ll find Isaiah Wynn. In this game, Wynn takes on another good prospect from this 2018 class in Oklahoma’s Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, No. 31. Wynn dismantles Okoronkwo at the start of Georgia’s first offensive series of the game. For real, for real. Here’s one example:
The play isn’t going towards the outside or near Wynn at all. Notice though, that Isaiah Wynn manhandles Okoronkwo so much to the point he pushes him out of the screen! That’s good stuff.
Remember what I said earlier about Wynn not pulling well?
Look at how much better Wynn has gotten at pulling for his RB. He showcases his athleticism by getting outside and punishing that poor cornerback. I know when that corner woke up that morning, he really didn’t want those kind of problems. He sprung Nick Chubb for damn nice run there as well.
His pass blocking is also in the plus category as well. Wynn has great extension with his arms and placement with his hands. At this point Wynn is definitely a really well rounded prospect who is looking more and more like a pro. Take this next play here against Okoronkwo, a pass to running back Sony Michel out of the backfield. Watch the way that Wynn starts his step back ready for any initial move from the ensuing defender. He mirrors Okoronkwo, then gets his hands on his first. At the apex of the play, Isaiah Wynn has Okoronkwo at full extension. Also known as “No Man’s Land” for a defensive end. Okoronkwo gets completely taken out of the play, and honestly I can tell at some point during the play he knows he’s beat. The result of the play is an easy toss for a touchdown.
ATB Team Writer
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