New England Patriots receive high grades in 2018 NFL Draft first round
New England Patriots No. 23: Georgia G, Isaiah Wynn
Due to a trade with the Los Angeles Rams earlier in the offseason, the New England Patriots were able to acquire the 23rd overall pick in exchange for Brandin Cooks. Since the Patriots weren’t going to hand out a massive contract to Cooks, trading him for a first round made quite a bit of sense.
With the 23rd overall pick, the Patriots were able to address one of their needs on the offensive side of the ball with the selection of Isaiah Wynn. At Georgia, Wynn was both a tackle and a guard, which will provide the Patriots with some nice versatility on their offensive line next season.
Since Nate Solder left in free agency this offseason, there is a hole at left tackle for the Patriots heading into 2018. By selecting Wynn, the Patriots might be looking to have him be more of a tackle at the next level rather than a guard. Even though he doesn’t have the prototypical size for a left tackle, he was great at the position on one of the best teams in the country last season.
The selection of Wynn fills a need for the Patriots if he can play left tackle in the NFL, and also would provide them with a talented guard if he can’t.