Isaiah Wilson is a Georgia football offensive tackle and is expected to be drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Georgia used Wilson as a right tackle in the past two seasons for the Bulldogs.
Below you can find more information about Wilson and what he will be bringing to an NFL team for starting in the 2020 NFL season.
Isaiah Wilson is seen as a late-riser in the 2020 NFL Draft
When Wilson first entered the draft, some were puzzled including ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr., who said he thought Wilson should’ve returned to school for another year.
But over the course of the draft process, Wilson’s name began to move up draft boards.
In the week leading up to the draft, some thought Wilson could even possibly go in the first round.
Wilson had long been confident and how he would play at the next level, due to the completion he played in the SEC.
“I was fairing well against first-round talent, and touted draft picks. Guys I know that have years on me,” Wilson said. “That’s when I decided that I think that I’m good enough.”
Wilson is a bit rawer than Georgia tackle Andrew Thomas, but at 6-foot-6 and 350 pounds he has immense physical upside. He possibly projects as a guard at the next level, but could ultimately play either tackle level, even though he wasn’t asked to do so at the NFL level.
Isaiah Wilson came to Georgia football from Brooklyn
Georgia had to go a long way to land Wilson in the 2017 recruiting class, as the Bulldogs pulled Wilson out of Brooklyn, New York.
Wilson was coveted by many programs as he was a 5-star prospect. He ended up being the top-ranked signee in Georgia’s 2017 signing class.
Wilson admitted that adapting to the south wasn’t all that hard from a food standpoint but that the openness was a change.
He didn’t say his family a whole lot during his time at Georgia, which played a role in him deciding to forgo Georgia’s bowl game against Baylor.
“I took off from the bowl season to spend time with my family,” Wilson said. “I’m from New York. My family stayed in New York when I went to Georgia, and I spent probably a total of eight days with them in a three-year period.
“I just wanted to get home and spend a little time with my mom, and my dad, and my brother, before I embarked on this journey.”
As @AdamSchefter has reported, the NFL Draft will look a lot different this year but the emotions for families in the middle of it will be the same. @_LayZay_ illustrates that beautifully here: pic.twitter.com/Mg8OuRqYS7
— Laura Rutledge (@LauraRutledge) March 29, 2020
Isaiah Wilson did not have early success with Georgia football
Unlike Thomas, who started every game at right tackle as a freshman, Wilson did not experience immediate success at Georgia.
He had to come in and reshape his body. So he attacked the weight room, sculpted his body and became Georgia’s starting right tackle as a redshirt freshman. He was a freshman All-American and then made Second-Team All-SEC this past season.
Wilson’s work ethic caught the eyes of teammates and that’s what allowed him to become a key leader for the Georgia football program.
“I remember when Zay came in as a freshman, had to lose weight, and he was working,” Georgia running back D’Andre Swift said of Wilson. “That’s probably one of the hardest working people I’ve seen,” Swift said. “Just for him to move the way he moves and how he carries his weight, he’s a great athlete.
“Whatever team gets him is going to love him to death and they’re going to get a great player and a great leader.”
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