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Which NFL team is the best landing spot for former Georgia guard Isaiah Wynn?

Draft Dawgs: Which NFL team is best fit for Georgia OL Isaiah Wynn?

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The best fit for Isaiah Wynn

The 2018 NFL Draft figures to be a historic one for Georgia football. Ten former Bulldogs are invited to work out at the NFL combine this week in Indianapolis. If all 10 are drafted, it would be the largest draft class in UGA history.

During draft season, a lot of folks try to figure out which players are the best fits for each team. But we’re taking the opposite approach and figuring out which team is the best fit for each player. Over the next few days, we’ll give you a Bulldogs-by-Bulldogs look at which NFL team is most likely to help each reach their full potential. Here’s a look at offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn.


Isaiah Wynn, OL

6-foot-2, 313 pounds

Projected: Rounds 1-2

Wynn was the best tackle in the SEC last season, but it’s unlikely he’ll stay at tackle in the pros. At 6-2, he was undersized for an SEC tackle and would be way undersized for an NFL tackle. In all likelihood, he’ll move back to the interior line, where he played through his junior season.  His future is most likely at guard, but he has the skill set to play center. It’s even possible he could overcome his size and stick it out at tackle. Bottom line, Wynn is a natural football player who can play any position on the line if needed. He’ll be a player in the NFL.

Best fit: Atlanta Falcons

Falcons coach Dan Quinn admitted that guard is a priority for the organization, maybe even enough of a priority to take one with the 26th overall pick. If he landed in Atlanta, Wynn would step into an important role on a team that is just a few pieces away from returning to the Super Bowl. Then there’s the obvious: He’d be an immediate fan favorite. There are plenty of Dawg fans with a dual-allegiance to the Falcons who would love to keep rooting for Wynn for years to come. All told, Wynn to the Falcons is the biggest no-brainer of any player I’ve looked at in this series..

Next best fits: Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks

The best fit for … Roquan Smith | Trenton Thompson | Javon Wims | Lorenzo Carter | Nick Chubb | John Atkins

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Question of the day

I’ve seen a lot of speculation this offseason about the future of defensive back Deangelo Gibbs, who isn’t enrolled in classes at the moment. On Thursday, Seth Emerson of DawgNation fielded a question about the possibility of Gibbs switching to receiver if and when he returns, and offered his perspective on the situation.

We can’t ignore the disappearance of this former 5-star recruit from Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga. Currently he is not enrolled in school, and until he is again, he is effectively not on the team anymore, or at he’s least ineligible to play. He will return. At least that’s the information I’m getting. I would imagine his eligibility situation is being handled internally similarly to the way Trent Thompson was last year. That is, while Thompson withdrew from school for spring semester, he remained in Athens and actually worked out with trainer Ron Courson on the side while spring practice was being conducted. Meanwhile, he was able to maintain his academic eligibility by taking class loads during the May mini-semester and summer semester. I can only guess that we’ll see the same thing with Gibbs, though coach Kirby Smart has declined to discuss specifics about it. And I happen to know that Gibbs, too, is in the midst of some offseason injury rehab (shoulder, I think), so that will have to be handled. …

There are many conflicting reports why Gibbs didn’t play after the Florida game. Some say discipline, some say injury, some say personal issues and some say coaches’ prerogative. Indications are it may have been all of the above. His cousin, rising junior and starting safety J.R. Reed, assured me at the end of last season that Gibbs will be back. I have no reason to doubt that. If and when he does, I fully expect that to be as a defensive back.

Kirby Smart shares story about ‘unselfishness’ from Rose Bowl

Smart spoke at the Anderson Area Touchdown Club in Anderson, S.C., on Wednesday and shared a cool story about Nick Chubb and Sony Michel from the end of the Rose Bowl. (Video from Bulldawg Illustrated. Transcription from Saturday Down South.)

“We had a situation in the Oklahoma game. It was a tight ballgame, I forget if we’d comeback and tied it up or maybe we’re down one touchdown — for all I know it was 100 to nothing because (Oklahoma) kept on scoring and scoring, I didn’t think we were ever going to stop them. But in the second half, Sony Michel, he gets popped right on the ball. Ball fumbles. Guy picks it up and returns for a touchdown. Nick comes up to me on the sideline and gets right in my ear and tells me, ‘Coach, put Sony in. I want him to touch it first.’

“Well it wasn’t really his turn to touch it, it was Nick’s turn to carry it, but Nick wanted Sony to go back in to prove we had confidence in him because we knew we weren’t going to win the game unless he got back in rhythm, he got his confidence back. Sure enough that next drive, we gave it to Nick first, but Sony came back and made the run that will define that game. The last run. It’s unselfishness like that I hope all you award winners, and I want to thank each and every one of you, I hope you embrace that unselfishness — because it’s so rare in our sport.”

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