Isaiah Wynn was a somewhat unique prospect entering the 2018 NFL Draft out of Georgia.
After starting at left guard as a junior, Wynn moved to left tackle for his senior season where he earned All-SEC and second team All-America honors.
Lacking the ideal height and length sought at tackle in the pros – Wynn is just 6-2, 310 pounds – opinions varied regarding his NFL future. Clearly the Patriots placed a premium on Wynn , though, taking him with the 23rd overall pick with an eye on the Bulldog competing for the left tackle spot vacated by the free agent departure of Nate Solder.
Unfortunately, Wynn’s rookie season was wiped out by a torn Achilles last August and massive veteran Trent Brown took the left tackle job a year ago.
Now healthy and with Brown having moved on to the Raiders via free agency, Wynn is penciled in as the left tackle set to protect Tom Brady’s blindside to open 2019. Slowly working back into the full-contact mix as the summer wore on, Wynn has two preseason games under his belt.
According to legendary Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, Wynn has shown on the preseason game field the things New England saw when it decided to invest a first-round pick on the versatile athlete who’d proven his mettle at multiple positions in the SEC.
“He’s a smart guy. He’s a really good worker, like all of them. He has very good skill set. He’s explosive and all those other things. All the things that we thought he could do on our evaluations of him at Georgia you can see in his play right now,” Scarnecchia said this week.
But talent and repetitive execution are two different things. Having the former doesn’t guarantee the latter, which is the most important aspect of playing line for the Patriots.
“We just have to make him consistent,” Scarnecchia said. “He has a lot of things he hasn’t experienced yet. He experiences new things every day. He has to memory-bank a bunch of them and continue to put it in the database and when they get dialed up he has to remember them.”
Entrenched in his ways training the men in the trenches in New England Scarnecchia said that despite obvious differences in physical makeup coaching Wynn and Brown really isn’t all that different.
“I think you just coach the individual player, and don’t worry about the physical stature,” Scarnecchia declared. “Trent was a huge human being, had really good qualities and things that he had to work on. I think that’s true for every player that we have. Everybody brings something good to the table and everyone has liabilities. We have to get them to play to their assets and not their liabilities. If they do that they have a chance to do all right and maybe we have a chance to do all right.”