1st Round Wynn In New England

The New England Patriots had Rashaan Evans – a player many believed would be the Patriots pick at 23 – drafted one pick ahead of them in the 2018 NFL Draft. While many assumed this could mean trade back, the Patriots stayed put at 23 and drafted what appears to be Nate Solder’s replacement at left tackle in former Georgia Bulldog, Isaiah Wynn.

Wynn – the 6-3, 313-pound Georgia product – was slated as a 1st round pick by many, but as a guard, not a tackle. When Wynn was announced as the Patriots selection, NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell announced the Wynn as a tackle, and the belief around New England is that he will fill that role in 2018.

Wynn is a bit undersized for recent Patriots tackles (Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer are 6-8, Marcus Cannon is 6-6), with shorter than ideal arms (33-3/8 inches). This is not unprecedented for New England, however.

Wynn does fit the profile of a former Patriots left tackle, and Patriots Hall of Famer Matt Light. Light does have the height advantage at 6-4, but had nearly the same arm length and weighed two pounds less than Wynn at the NFL Combine. The common threads between the two players continues as both will be coached by Dante Scarnecchia to start their careers.

At Georgia, Wynn displayed quick feet and great power behind his blocks as a left tackle. He helped lead one of the top rushing attacks in the nation while blocking some of the top defenses in the country in the SEC. He stayed low off the line and played with great leverage. All of these skills translate closely to what Light was coming out of college. The arm length and ability to keep defenders out of his pads are also close similarities for the two.

Wynn will need some coaching to assimilate to the left tackle position in the NFL, but with the tutelage of Scarnecchia and Tom Brady throwing the ball behind him, the Patriots may have landed their tackle of the future in Round 1.