July 14, 2013

Film study: Isaiah Wynn

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Lakewood (St. Petersburg, Fla.) offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn gave UGA it's 15th commitment of the 2014 class Sunday, and he is a huge addition to an already solid class.

UGASports has had the chance to see Wynn both in person and on film, and below, we break down the strengths and weaknesses of the nation's 89th-rated prospect according to Rivals.com.

Where he is great: Wynn is a versatile prospect that could be a star on the interior and provide depth on the outside. He doesn't have ideal height for an offensive tackle, but he has tremendous length for a 6-foot-2 prospect. That length combined with his athleticism and balance gives him the ability to play on the outside if needed.

The Sunshine State lineman has elite flexibility and quickness. His feet are flat on the ground in a two-point stance as he shows excellent flex in his ankles. He also does an excellent job of staying on the in step of his feet in pass protection and in run blocking. When protecting the passer, he does a good job of keeping his feet moving and staying in front of the defender. When run blocking, he maintains a wide base, gets quick leverage, and has the lower body strength to get consistent movement.

Wynn is also an elite competitor. At the Rivals Camp in Atlanta, Wynn refused to lose a rep in one-on-ones. He showed that he has a mean streak as well as the ability to finish his blocks.

Where he is good: Wynn does a great job of placing and shooting his hands. He has quick hands to go with his long arms, and this allows him to get leverage and stay inside on defensive linemen.

In pass protection, Wynn shows the ability to protect his inside gap. He does a good job of keeping his head on a swivel, and seems to have a good understanding of how to play the position.

Wynn also does a good job of bringing his feet and hips when run blocking. When he locks on to a defender, he rarely allows for separation and uses his athleticism to keep appropriate leverage.

Where he needs work: Wynn has the frame to add the weight and the next step is actually doing so. In order to play any position on the offensive line in the SEC, the four-star prospect will need to add at least 25 pounds of good weight.

In the process of adding weight, Wynn will need to continue to get stronger. He will need to improve strength in his upper and lower body.

The Rivals100 prospect could also improve his consistency as a run blocker. At times he can catch defenders and use his strength to then get movement when blocking at the second level. When he reaches the next level, he will need to learn to attack and strike at the second level to create running room.

Overall: Wynn the type of prospect you recruit regardless of numbers. He is a difference maker in the front five, and brings the kind of attitude you want on the offensive line. Dallas Lee, David Andrews, and Chris Burnette, after next year, will have been fixtures on the interior for UGA for the last two seasons. Wynn is the type of player that can help Georgia reload once Lee and Burnette leave after this coming season and Andrews leaves after the 2014 season. Wynn, like Jake Edwards and Dyshon Sims, also brings versatility to the front four. In Mark Richt's time at Georgia, UGA has had a number of guys that have started on the inside and succeeded at tackle. Wynn isn't an ideal fit at tackle size wise, but he has the ability to slide out and provide help and depth if need be. Regardless of what position he plays in Athens, he is a talented addition to an offensive line that will look to pave the way for two Rivals100 running backs.

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