Patriots Select OL Isaiah Wynn With Pick #23 In 2018 Draft
Lamar Jackson was there, as the clock started ticking on the New England Patriots' first trip to the podium in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Instead of snagging the Heisman-winning quarterback that they have been vigorously linked to over the past week plus, the Pats decided to beef up their offensive line to protect the quarterback they already have by selecting Georgia left tackle Isaiah Wynn with the 23rd overall pick.
Wynn, who started all 15 games he played at Georgia last year at left tackle, was projected to play guard in the NFL, due to his smaller size.
The team did, however, announce him as a tackle, so, despite his somewhat undersized frame of 6'3", 313 pounds, they seem to believe he can potentially fill the void created by Nate Solder's free agent departure this offseason.
There is the potential for the team to try Wynn on the outside and, if it doesn't work out, ultimately slide him inside, if guard Shaq Mason gets an opportunity to make much more money than the Pats want to pay him after next season.
Wynn was a second team All-American selection and first team All-SEC selection in 2017, for what he did as a left tackle.
The lineman is coming off of surgery to repair a torn labrum, but, according to The Athletic's Jeff Howe, told reporters that he should be ready to go for June minicamp.
While the move might not be super sexy, it seemingly fills a void that was considered a necessity to be filled heading into the draft. Once again, New England zigged, while everyone else seemed to be zagging.