Some may scoff at drafting an offensive linemen this early in the draft but as I addressed the other day in “How early is too early to draft an offensive linemen”, the offensive line singlehandedly doomed the Cowboys offense last season. More than Dak. More than Dez. And more than Zeke.
Isaiah Wynn is a player I’m fast falling in love with. At 6’2” 302lbs, many are automatically projecting him as an NFL guard or center. While Wynn isn’t the prototypical length you’d like at tackle, he has all the skills. That’s why assuming he can’t play tackle at the NFL level could be a mistake.
As one of the quicker and more athletic offensive linemen in the entire draft, Wynn could prove to be the ultimate swing linemen – playing all five positions. But where I see Wynn next season is taking over Jonathan Cooper’s spot at left guard.
With La’el Collins only under contract for two seasons and Tyron Smith’s health always in question, it’s possible the Cowboys will have vacancies at both bookends in 2020. Having a seasoned player like Isaiah Wynn on the roster makes that scenario a little bit less scary. Sure I could have reached for a traditionally built tackle instead, but didn’t we already do that with Chaz Green? How’d that turn out? And wouldn’t he just rot on the bench in 2018?
There’s a good chance Wynn’s stock rockets in coming weeks. He’s expected to test well at the combine and there’s a good chance the draft will once again feature a run on offensive linemen early. Picking a guard isn’t sexy but he has the potential to be a Pro Bowler and/or a left tackle so there is extreme value to be found.
Best yet, he can contribute immediately at guard and still be a future tackle to groom. Isaiah Wynn upgrades a starting spot, upgrades depth across five positions, and has added future potential.