Aside from Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson, the 2018 offensive line class has been a bit of a roller coaster this draft period and one that’s difficult to sort out. One player that has seen his stock rise significantly in the past month or two is Georgia offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn.
Wynn is known as a technician, though due to his size, he’s unlikely to play outside in the NFL. If selected by Detroit, he would likely play left guard. He is the first confirmed meeting we’ve seen from the 2018 class, as reported by Detroit News’ John Niyo.
Georgia OL Isaiah Wynn said he has a meeting scheduled with Lions tonight. Has met with about a dozen teams here in Indy.— John Niyo (@JohnNiyo) March 1, 2018
Drafting an offensive lineman in the first round wouldn’t be a crazy pick considering how many resources Bob Quinn has spent to improve that area and how little results we’ve seen so far. Much of that blame has fallen on the departed coaches Jim Caldwell and Ron Prince, as well as the likely gone-in-free-agency Travis Swanson and various injuries to the offensive line. In any event, it’s likely they view the left guard position as unfilled right now, so exploring an option like Wynn makes a lot of sense.
asked isaiah wynn about his blocking scheme preferences pic.twitter.com/M7hN2Gepxd— charles mcdonald (@FourVerts) March 1, 2018
As you can see from the clip above, Wynn is comfortable in zone schemes, which the Lions ran exclusively in 2017 and are likely to run very heavily in 2018. While Wynn is known as more of a technician, that shouldn’t take away from his athletic ability as he is a great mover in space and has a mighty fine mean streak as a blocker. We’ll know more about his athleticism in the coming days, obviously.
Isaiah Wynn is projected to go in the first round of the draft, and I see little reason to expect he will not go there. Should the Lions be sitting at 20th overall and the draft falls a certain way, I would be perfectly comfortable with his selection that early to complete the line rebuild.
There has been some talk about him playing tackle first, but at only 6-foot-2 and 3/4, he would be one of the shortest offensive tackles to play in the last 30 years, and the list of successful NFL tackles that short is even smaller.
I’m doubtful he will be Detroit’s selection mainly because the depth of talent at their positions of bigger need is greater, but that in no way should take away from the fact that he’s a very good player and would be worthy of a pick that high.
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