The Tennessee Titans selected offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson of Georgia with their first-round pick, No. 29 overall, Thursday night in the NFL Draft.
Wilson, at 6-6, 350 pounds, should compete right away with veteran Dennis Kelly to be the Titans’ starting right tackle, replacing Jack Conklin, a former first-round pick, who signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Browns in March.
Wilson is rated as a strong run blocker, something that should fit what the Titans want to do with Derrick Henry rushing the football.
“I’m sure I’m going to learn a lot of great things from Derrick Henry about run blocking, about where he expects holes to be from a back that’s been in the league for years,” Wilson said. “(Ryan) Tannehill can definitely teach me things about protection and everything of that nature. I’m definitely planning on learning from those guys and bettering my game with those guys, and polishing up everything I do and start to be the best player I can for the team.”
The Titans are excited about what Wilson can bring to the running game with his size and demeanor as a blocker.
“I think the best part of my game right now is that I am physical and I enjoy beating people up. I enjoy running the ball,” Wilson said. “I enjoy trying to essentially break another man’s will. That is what I enjoy about the game. I would say that’s definitely my strong suit, and the things I want to work on, just technique in general. Pad level, hand usage, all sorts of technique things I want to polish up and get as much coaching as I possibly can to work on those things and be the best I can for the team.”
The fact that Wilson played in a run-based offense at Georgia should translate well into part of the Titans scheme.
“There are certainly a lot of elements to the game that they were doing at Georgia that will translate here,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said.
If he wins the right tackle job, it will complete the makeover on that side of the line, as Nate Davis was drafted in the third round in 2019 and wound up as the starting right guard for the Titans.
“I think anytime you can add youth, and strength, and power, and length to the offensive line position, that’s good,” Titans GM Jon Robinson said. “We’ll continue to try to do that. It’s a good mix with that position group. Coach Vrabel talks about it a lot, that he really likes going in that meeting room with those guys, and we feel like Isaiah (Wilson) will fit in with that room really, really well, learn from those guys. Taylor (Lewan), and Dennis (Kelly), and Rodger (Saffold) and certainly Ben Jones, and help get him up to speed as quick as possible.”
Wilson’s massive size is something that impressed the Titans right away when the met him at the NFL Combine.
“Well, he walked into the room of the Combine and I came up to about his chest. He turned sideways to get into the door at (Lucas Oil Stadium). So, he is a big man, but he’s well-proportioned,” Vrabel said. “It’s not like he’s top-heavy, or he carries all his weight. I mean, he’s a massive player that we’re excited to start working with as soon as we can.”