Andrew Thomas was the first big-time offensive tackle to join Georgia football’s 2017 signing class. He was later joined by Isaiah Wilson.
History repeated itself in a way on Thursday night, as Wilson followed Thomas in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The Tennessee Titans took Wilson with the No. 29 pick, after the New York Giants selected Thomas with the No. 4 pick.
1st round Dawgs‼️ Congrats bro @_LayZay_
— Andrew Thomas (@allforgod_55) April 24, 2020
— Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) April 24, 2020
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) April 24, 2020
“One of my fondest memoirs is you talking about winning a national championship,” Kirby Smart said in a Twitter message to Wilson. “And while we weren’t able to do it we won a lot of football games. It always meant a lot to me that that was goal of yours and you wanted that for this program.
Wilson is the second Bulldog to be taken in the first round this year. Wilson and Thomas become the fourth pair of offensive line teammates to be taken in the first round of the draft in the past 20 seasons.
Wilson is a monster of a tackle as he’s listed at 6-foot-6 and 350 pounds. He spent the past two seasons as Georgia’s right tackle for the past two seasons. At the next level, Wilson could move to guard, while being a long term option at left tackle.
While he might not be as refined as Thomas, Wilson still felt very comfortable about leaving Georgia early. This selection validates that decision.
“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 got a pretty strong endorsement from running back D’Andre Swift, who many see as the top prospect at his position in the 2020 NFL Draft.
“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.”
Wilson redshirted his first year in Athens. But he reshaped his body and became an impact player for the Bulldogs these past two seasons. Wilson was named Second Team All-SEC last season, while Georgia had one of the top offensive lines in the country.
Wilson is the third offensive tackle to be taken in the first round under Smart, as the New England Patriots took Isaiah Wynn in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft to go along with Thomas.
— Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) April 22, 2020
Isaiah Wilson measurables for the 2020 NFL Draft
Weight: 350 pounds
Arms: 35 1/2 inches
40-yard dash: 5.32 seconds
Vertical jump: 29.0 inches
3 cone drill: 8.26 seconds
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