The New England Patriots added beef to their offensive line by selecting Isaiah Wynn with the No. 23 pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.
It wasn’t a flashy selection, but the New England Patriots may have found their potential Nate Solder replacement by drafting offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn out of the University of Georgia with the 23rd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Self-described as a very physical offensive lineman, the 22-year-old Wynn not only brings versatility along the offensive line, he promises to add an element to the Patriots offensive line that hasn’t been consistently there the past few seasons and that is dominance.
"“You’ve got to dominate up front,” Wynn said during his introductory press conference, via Patriots.com. “And not only dominate, I mean, you’ve got to lead up front as well.”"
In protecting Tom Brady and opening holes for Bulldogs teammate and fellow first-round pick in running back Sony Michel, that aggressive attitude will go a long way in the chemistry the offensive line forms without a veteran like Solder.
Speaking of the left tackle position, Isaiah Wynn is considered undersized at 6-foot-2, but his physicality and quickness makes up for his height. In selecting Wynn, Patriots player personnel director Nick Caserio highlighted his ability to pass block as well as run block in a very competitive SEC.
Versatility is his middle name
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But overall, it was that versatility mentioned above that really sparked the interest of the New England Patriots. His ability to play multiple positions along the offensive line, including tackle, makes him a fit. Entering the NFL as a rookie, Wynn is embracing the potential of being plugged in wherever the team needs him.
"“It doesn’t matter,” Wynn said when asked where he’d like to play on the line. “Wherever the coaching staff thinks to put me, I’m ready to help contribute to the team in any way I can. [Versatility] plays a very big part in my pride just because I know that I can play all throughout the offensive line and not just be steady at one position.”"
With the track record of the New England Patriots, there is no doubt he will get the opportunity to display his versatility. Along with playing alongside Georgia alum David Andrews, Wynn will have a coach in Dante Scarnecchia that will get the best out of him.
So, while the rookie will have a lot to learn in his first season, comfort should not be an issue. He’ll have Andrews to help lead him along and Scarnecchia is one of the best in coaching players up. Not that Isaiah Wynn will need to be coached up. But, the team will definitely find the right niche for him.
Described by Michel as a very “coachable player” who will do whatever is asked of him, it sounds like the New England Patriots and Wynn are the perfect marriage.
Depending on how quickly he inserts himself, he just may bring that dominance to the offensive line a lot sooner than expected.