2018 Vikings Draft Profile
Name: Isaiah Wynn
Position: Offensive Line (Guard/Tackle)
2017 Associated Press All-American Second Team, 2017 American Football Coaches Association All-American Second Team, 2017 Phil Steele All-American Third Team, 2017 Coaches & AP All-SEC First Team.
Wynn is one of the most athletic linemen you will see on tape in this 2018 draft. He uses his quickness to latch onto an opposing rusher and take him out of the play. Wynn does an excellent job of staying attached to his opponent and keeping his feet moving throughout the play. Has great hand strength that is needed to win at the line of scrimmage.
Wynn’s great athleticism makes him very valuable in run blocking. He is athletic enough to pull outside on runs and to counter any twists and rush moves that come his way on run blitzes. His experience playing both guard and tackle help him understand the different types of rushes that come his way. Extremely intelligent player.
As discussed above, Wynn’s great hand use goes into his above average strength. His strength accounts for great body control to contain opposing rushers. At 6-foot-2, the question for Wynn will be if he has the power and strength to go against NFL elite pass rushers. His versatility makes him an intriguing option for a team wanting an athletic lineman.
A team that wants an athletic guard that is able to offer many different looks is going to fall in love with Wynn. Offensive coordinators are finding creative ways to get their running back the ball in space, and Wynn is a player that will open up many running lanes for his future back. His sound technique will allow teams concerned about his size to really play in any system. He is very good in both run and pass protection and has the footwork needed to be elite in the NFL.
The Vikings’ offensive line took a big step forward during the 2017 season, but started to falter against elite teams in the playoffs. The guard position is especially one the Vikings will be taking an early look at. Wynn is a great fit for the Vikings, and pairing him next to Pat Elflein would give the Vikings one of the most athletic lines in the entire NFL for the foreseeable future.
The fact that Wynn has experience playing both guard and tackle should be attractive to the Vikings. In the past few seasons, a lot of linemen have gone down with injury. Therefore, having a guy that already understands how to play multiple positions in Wynn would be an added bonus.
Wynn made a name for himself during the Senior Bowl practices, drawing praise as the best guard there. The way he played during his senior season at Georgia and during Senior Bowl practices has made him a potential first round prospect. He has the athletic ability to dominate the combine in speed drills, but some of the strength drills will be very important to his stock. If he can nail them, he will only continue to be a highly sought-after prospect.
If Wynn is on the board come pick 30, he could be the selection for Minnesota. He checks off a ton of boxes in what the Vikings like in an offensive linemen. The Vikings are a great guard away from being an elite offensive line, and Wynn could be the final missing part needed.
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