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Locked On Bengals prospect spotlight: Isaiah Wynn

Solomon Tentman

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Isaiah Wynn, OG Georgia, 6’2 300

Games Evaluated: Kentucky, Oklahoma, Alabama

Prognosis: Isaiah Wynn should get picked in the first round. If he were longer and taller, he would probably be a day one tackle, but he should be a plug-and-play NFL guard.
He is that good.
While he played out of position as a tackle in college, he is the furthest thing from being a ‘fish out of water’. He possesses the solid lower body, although he could stand to gain a little mass. His core strength is adequate, though he should gain more as displayed in his occasional lapse of balance.
When you pop on the film of Wynn, his brute strength is noticed immediately. He MAULS guys and it’s fun watching him.
His quickness and agility moving in every direction, especially laterally is impressive. Wynn plays the game fast – promptly firing off the ball to get in position to make his block. His first step is second to very few in this draft.
Wynn displays very good hip flexibility and power demonstrated through his ability to position himself efficiently and generate force. While Wynn’s footwork is pretty good and he plays with decent technique, he can tend to get head-heavy from time to time.
That causes him to be discarded by defenders occasionally in the run game – this happened against Alabama. Wynn plays with a good mean streak, but can be inconsistent with it at times depending on who the opponent is and the score.
He displayed some toughness too as his shoulder appeared to slip socket (unsure of severity) during the UK game and he continued to play.
Wynn lacks the ideal size for a collegiate tackle, but that didn’t stop him from being extremely sound in pass protection. His extremely quick first step is used to set himself up in perfect positioning to handle incoming edge rushers. Regardless of that quickness, Wynn never over-sets the target.
His compact, stout frame allows him to handle the more powerful edge presences – he has shown very little susceptibility to bull rushers. Wynn is rarely overmatched on the edge, even against teams like Alabama.
As good as his pass protection is, his run blocking is just as sound. He is a mauler in all facets of the game. On down blocks/double teams, he produces more space off his hip for ball carriers to run than most of his peers in his class.
On base blocks Wynn usually gets the job done as well, although he struggled a tad bit creating vertical seams against Alabama. He usually gets his hips turned and torqued to create lanes for the ball carrier to run off of.
What is extremely desirable about Wynn is the display of quickness and effort he has on the backside of plays. He isn’t looking to take plays off. He understands that his block could be the one that leads to a big gain.
He always abruptly moves to get his backside scoop block or second level defender that is running play side.
For the limited reps that he had, Wynn is an exceptional puller. He moves with power, fluidity, and balance to wrap tight to take on his responsibility on Georgia’s buck sweep play – displaying the ability to pick up corners and linebackers in space.
When combination blocking to the second level, Wynn is very sound as well. He has the uncanny ability of picking his second level assignment up even when he is slightly out of position to do so — His hips and athletic ability assist in a lot of that.
Although it could use some fine-tuning, Wynn possess very good hand punch. If his powerful punch strikes you in your chest, you may as well call it a night – he isn’t losing you. His punch does miss from time to time and one hand lands on the back of a defender – leaving the leeway for the official to call a hold.
I expect with more coaching that Wynn will improve upon that at the next level.
Wynn is a pretty smart offensive lineman, which is thoroughly indicated from his ability to switch from guard to tackle in a year. For him to do so and not miss a beat is impressive.
Wynn doesn’t mess up very often in pass protections, as I only recall one snap where he let nearest threat/responsibility through untouched. In the run game, Wynn understands his task and who the assignment is or could be, and finding them.
There is no confusion displayed in the way he moves – he plays with certainty. There were no displays in lack of discipline as Wynn did not false start or lose his cool with personal foul penalties.
With the Bengals trading for pro bowl left tackle Cordy Glenn & moving back in the draft, they are in a prime position to draft Wynn in round one.
He would be a great addition to the Bengals offensive line, as I believe he is ready to compete at guard from day one. Wynn will need to develop more sound, consistent technique at the next level.
He will need to get a little bit more balance and better hand placement, but the Bengals would be kidding themselves if they didn’t consider him with the 21st overall pick. They have a history of selecting players from Georgia and I would love for that to continue with Wynn.
I would consider trading up for him if we thought he could be taken off the board a few picks earlier, but that’s just me. Let me know how you feel in the comments!
Wynn by the numbers:
Strength & Power 7.5/10
Streak 6/10
Build 4/5
Balance/Footwork 7.5/10
Hips/Pad Level 8/10
Agility/Speed 5.5/7
Pass Pro 4/5
Run Block 8/10
Space Blocks 8/10
Hand Placement/Violence 3.5/5
Intelligence 7/8
Discipline 5/5
Check out my evaluations of Mike McGlincheyOrlando BrownQuenton Nelson, Connor Williams, Roquan SmithTremaine Edmunds and Rashaan Evans.

Solomon Tentman is a Cincinnati native, alumni, and sports fan (the latter is unfortunate). His entire wardrobe is virtually red & black. Since he has become washed up from the sport of football, he spends a lot of his spare time reviewing and studying football in all aspects, whether it be scheme, technique, personnel, development, etc. Aside from his sports side, he is an absolute nerd. He firmly believes that "Winter is Coming" and that the Flash is better than your favorite superhero. He loves God most importantly. He likes to sneak a workout or two in every now and again. His goal is to hopefully please you, but don't expect too much because he can't even please himself. Hu-Dey

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  1. Craig

    March 18, 2018 at 12:56 am

    Can Wynn play center?

    • Donald Smith

      March 18, 2018 at 5:55 pm

      I would think that Wynn is in a dead heat with Hernandez as who the Bengals will draft at guard!!

  2. Johnny Gee

    March 18, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    Agreed. The thing I love about Wynn is you can play him at Tackle in a pinch.He’s going to be a really good NFL lineman. My only hesitation is we really need a center and other teams behind us need centers two. If you could tell me we would get Daniels, Price or Ragnow in round 2 I’d make that pick in a second. But you really don’t want to have to trade up to get a center. Remember, both Bengals Super Bowl teams had a #1 pick at center.

    • David

      March 19, 2018 at 11:07 pm

      I agree. If things really don’t work out at right tackle with Fisher/Ogbuehi, the Bengals might be able to use Wynn in the right side given his experience.

  3. Brad Schlueter

    March 19, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    This is the guy who will make a difference to their OL. In the past Marvin has drafted best available player vs drafting for need. But this year Marvin has surprised us with the signing of two OL already but I’m not a fan of Bobby Hart but maybe Pollack does see something. Also I don’t know about Price. In my book the big boys play in the SEC and Price did not play against that type of talent most games. I want someone who can play at that level and has proven it. Hope the Bengals draft 1st Guard 2nd Center 3rd Tackle & Guard 4th LB and 5th Guard, Tackle and DB. We need a kicker also. Should of kept Elliott but need a weapon like Tucker

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Blog of Football Sorrows: Week 13

Jeffery Carr

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Today I officially changed the name of this game recap blog. It just fits. To be positive about this iteration of the Bengals is to be a master of the mind that I cannot comprehend (aka delusional).

They’re done. I didn’t think they had much hope for the playoffs before the game, and they certainly don’t now. The injuries are a problem, but they aren’t the problem. The offense has been stale for weeks thriving on an identity-less scheme filled with dink and dunk passes and zero creativity. They now have four games left. The Raiders seem winnable, but with the hope of starting over, do we fans want that? Do we want there to be a glimmer of hope in management’s eyes? I don’t. I want change, and that doesn’t happen by winning any remaining games, this year. Lose em all, blow it up, let’s start fixing the problems that have been ignored for too long.

Jeff Driskel, to no fault of his own, was meh. Which is much the story of 2018. The game plan, in the beginning, seemed to be for him to get momentum built through screens and flat routes…but then they kept the training wheels on. Second quarter, third quarter…it kept going. The Bengals fell behind on the scoreboard and their answer was to run more crossing routes and short outs? Cincinnati ran RPO plays…and only passed. They asked an athletic quarterback who can move to stand tall in the pocket and fend off pressure from a defense with its ears pinned back matching up with a bad and battered offensive line. Kind of like James mentioned on the post-game pod, how bad is Cedric Ogbuehi that the answer to filling in for Cordy Glenn is the starting left guard and not your former first round pick, who is actually supposed to be a left tackle? So the coaching game plan was to tell Driskel to grin and bear it behind an uninspired line with uninspired play calling? But, you know, Marvin Lewis says “We’ve got to do our jobs better. The players have to execute the game plan the way it is coached.” What? The game plan hasn’t changed in 10 years! Different personnel, different opponents, different circumstances, same stale, boring, dull, lifeless, clueless plan. I get sick to my stomach when I listen to Marvin do a press conference.

The only thing left is the future, whatever may come. I know that is bleak. Not one of you reading these words can say, with a straight face, that you can see a different coach roaming the sidelines in 2019 who isn’t Marvin or Hue Jackson. We know. We know there isn’t going to be any change, and that’s why the stadium is empty. That’s why the orange in the stands at Paul Brown Stadium was Bronco orange and not Bengal orange. The sound at the end of the game? Cheers and applause, because anyone still there was a fan of the visiting victors. There’s no one left to boo because they’ve been booing for so long they’ve lost interest. It is understood that the most likely outcome this season, if change comes at all, is that Hue takes the reigns. We’ll go from a boring, uninspired, regularly out-maneuvered coach to a joke of a coach. So how can anyone care? I looked at tickets before the game. You could have sit 12 rows back in the endzone for $35…and I said no. Why? Because the joke that is the visual of the stands at PBS is the last thing we fans have left to tell ownership to get their rear in gear and fix this. Will they? You tell me…

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Replacing Marvin

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A lot of Bengals fans (myself included) wondered before the year why a young team with so much talent was pegged with worse Super Bowl odds than our in-state neighbors.

In the eyes of Las Vegas, it didn’t matter that the Bengals rallied to end last season at 7-9 with a signature victory over the Baltimore Ravens. It didn’t matter that the Bengals made legitimate offseason moves to sure up the offensive line. It didn’t matter that Bill Lazor was given a whole offseason to install his system or that Teryl Austin was bringing a turnovers-or-bust mentality with him from Detroit.

It. Didn’t. Matter.

The only thing that mattered was the face of the franchise returning for his 16th year. Marvin Lewis is and always will be the reason people around the NFL don’t take the Bengals seriously and it’s become both a blessing and a curse.

When Lewis arrived in 2003, he inherited what many considered to be one of the worst franchises in pro sports at the time. The players were using old jock straps, it was a dark time in Bengals history. Though to Lewis’ credit, he rebuilt this franchise into something fans could actually be proud of.

They became competitive, they got to the base of Championship Mountain, but that’s not good enough. Of the six coaches in the NFL who’ve been at the helm for at least a decade, Marvin Lewis is the only one without a Super Bowl trophy.

As of Nov. 28, Cincinnati has lost five of their past six games, their defense is the worst in the league, the offense can’t operate without A.J. Green, and they’ve fired one coach in waiting while rehiring another. That go-ahead score against Pittsburgh in mid-October feels like it happened in 2015.

The Bengals might not have moved on from Marvin, but I have, there’s nothing else I need to see following that 35-20 beatdown this past Sunday. ESPN has pegged Lewis with a 60 percent chance to be fired and though this might be for nothing, here are two head coaching paths the Bengals could choose to down in January.

Anyone But Hue Jackson

Aug 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson against the Chicago Bears in a preseason NFL football game at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 21-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

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That’s really all that needs to be said. Hue Jackson is a great POSITION coach, but he has proved over a large sample size that he is inept as a HEAD coach. Jason La Canfora reported before the Browns game that Jackson has a real shot to replace Lewis if he steps down or takes a front office role.

Fans would be less excited about this than retaining Lewis, especially if he’s in the building overseeing nine of the 10 or 11 losses this team is headed for. Who are we kidding here, this is Lewis’ best friend and if anyone has shown the ability to persuade Mike Brown over the last 16 years, it’s Marvin Lewis.

Jackson is the clear frontrunner if a coaching change ends up happening.

Eric Bieniemy

Dec 7, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running backs coach Eric Bieniemy against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Chiefs 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

A former Bengals player from 1995-98, This is the home run hire for Cincinnati. Bieniemy is in his first season as offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs and I don’t have to throw stats in here to prove why that’s been a success.

As a former player for the franchise, Bieniemy has that familiarity that Brown always looks for in new hires. He could come in and immediately offer a fresh perspective on this roster, answer the Andy Dalton question, and start to move this organization into a new era.

Bieniemy has primarily coached running backs before taking over for Matt Nagy this season and some great ones at that: Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, Kareem Hunt have all learned and thrived under Bieniemy. Imagine his expertise paired with the talent of Joe Mixon.

Oh and for those concerned with the “lack of coaching experience” after just one season as an OC, just look at the past two guys to hold Bieniemy’s current spot. Doug Pederson went from Chiefs OC to winning a Super Bowl, Nagy has turned the Bears from a laughing stock to a contender in his first season. Those expectations might not be fair for Bieniemy, but the blueprint is out there for Mike Brown to make a championship hire.

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A Sucker Until the Bitter End

Jeffery Carr

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Am I frustrated? Yes. Do I look back at week 5 when the Cincinnati Bengals sported a 4-1 record and feel as though that was a lifetime ago? Sure. Here’s the thing, Stephen A. Smith said, and I don’t remember word for word, but if you continue to support the Bengals who continue to refuse to put a competent product on the field then you are a sucker. I must confess, I am a sucker.

Sure, I am in the camp that is counting down the days until things change…even though I do not know when that countdown will end. You can check out my last post for reference. That being said, I am still going to be a fan. I’m still rooting for my team. That won’t change. Heck, I even mentioned that I might go to the game, this Sunday, if I can get a deal on some lower bowl tickets.

I had a buddy tell me he’d rather get hit by a car than go to the game, and I can’t blame him. Heck, there might be more value in staying away from the stadium, to get the point across to Mr. Brown. Here’s the thing, though, I am actually sort of looking forward to what will happen with Jeff Driskel. Now, I’m not saying I want him to be theguy, but entertain me for the rest of the season. When we think of football, that’s the basis of what we’re looking for, entertainment. I believe Driskel has the possibility to be entertaining. Urban Meyer once thought he could be the next Tim Tebow. What that tells me is he has heart and toughness. Joe Goodberry broke down a play in which Andy Dalton ran against the Browns and Driskel later ran, against the exact same defensive look. Andy threw a pick and Driskel threw a TD, so who knows? Maybe this won’t be that awful.

So what are you thinking about the Bengals? Are you burning jerseys? Are you cancelling season tickets? Are you switching allegiances? Hit me up on the Twitter (@jefffcarr), or here in the comments section, I want to get a gauge. I don’t blame you if you do any of that, by the way. I can see why you’d want to switch allegiances (just don’t be a Steelers’ fan, that would be messed up). Just know that I will be here, still. There’s something in my DNA that no matter what Mr. Brown and the gang try to do to my fan heart, I keep coming back. It might physically hurt me to no longer be a Bengals fan, I don’t know, but I’m not going to find out. I keep hanging on to that super-slim hope that one day there will be a Super Bowl ring. One day I’ll get to sing “We are the Champions” in regards to my Bengals, and that will be enough to erase all these years of wondering if I could have better used my time on Sunday.

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