The Senior Bowl is happening tomorrow over in Mobile with lots of recently departed College Football Players vying to impress NFL scouts. One guy who’s definitely succeeded on that front in practice this week is Georgia offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn.
Wynn has worked at both guard and tackle and routinely handled elite defensive linemen at both spots.
A montage of Isaiah Wynn (@iwynn77) dominating the Senior Bowl. What a talent pic.twitter.com/BoPGE9tpRM— Billy Marshall (@BillyM_91) January 25, 2018
This should come as no surprise to Bulldog fans, who watched Wynn surrender a grand total of one sack through the fifteen game 2017 season. The St. Petersburg, Florida native contributed throughout his time in Athens, starting forty-one games in the red and black. But he’s really come into his own since Sam Pittman arrived in town and especially during the senior season which saw him become the rock protecting Jake Fromm’s blind side.
While the 6’2, 310 pound Wynn doesn’t have the prototype height or length to play left tackle in the league, he does have a wicked punch and what scouts euphemistically refer to as “lower body mass.” I like to call it a "high Sir Mix-A-Lot quotient."
As a result when he gets his hands on pass rushers then sinks his hips a stalemate is all but a foregone conclusion. There are very few linemen who anchor down and finish a pass block quite like Isaiah.
His position versatility is also a lure for NFL execs who have to fill out a roster with only 53 players. NFL coaches don’t have the luxury of bringing in 6-8 big uglies every year like Coach Yessir himself. They need large, angry Swiss Army knife-types like Wynn who can do it all.
With this week’s showcase it’s looking more and more likely that Wynn could actually slide all the way up to the first round, and a second round grade is all but assured. That’s a pretty impressive result for a guy who many Bulldog fans viewed as essentially a holdover from the Mark Richt regime and a placeholder until Sam Pittman and Kirby Smart could bring in bigger, more highly-rated recruits.
It’s a feather in Wynn’s cap (and wallet), but also one for Sam Pittman, who’s already proven adept at selling his ability to turn fifth rounders into first rounders in the homes of large adult sons nationwide.
And if we’re being honest, it’s also a little bit of a feelgood story for those of us who appreciate what college football players sacrifice generally, and what the 2017 senior class at Georgia has endured specifically. Last year everyone was excited to learn that Nick Chubb and Sony Michel and Dominick Sanders and Lorenzo Carter were coming back for their senior seasons. Isaiah Wynn was among the large group of Bulldog seniors who everyone took for granted would return.
But in doing so Wynn returned to play for the same position coach he’d had the prior season for the first time in his college career. He returned following an 8-5 season that saw the offensive line unit maligned as the weak link on a team that struggled to put points on the board. The 2017 season was redemptive for Isaiah Wynn as much as any player or coach in the Classic City. Here’s hoping 2018 will be the start of fantastic things for him in the NFL.