It’s tough for a first-round pick to have a worse first season than Isaiah Wilson did in 2020.
And that was before he tweeted, and then quickly erased, that he was done with football as the Tennessee Titan on Monday night.
The Titans took Wilson with the No. 29 pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He had started at right tackle for two seasons at Georgia and had a lot of potential because of his athleticism and 6-foot-7 build .
But from almost the moment his NFL career began, Wilson has been in trouble. He was arrested in September for a DUI and made headlines in August for attempting to flee a party on the Tennessee state campus by almost jumping off a balcony.
He was placed on reserve / COVID multiple times during his rookie season. Wilson, who was expected to seek a starting job on Tennessee’s offensive line, played in a single game in which he saw four plays. He was suspended for Tennessee’s game against Cleveland and was then placed on the reserve / non-football illness list on December 9, where he would remain for the remainder of the season.
Last week, Tennessee general manager Jon Robinson made a cryptic comment regarding Wilson’s future with the team.
“He will have to make a determination as to whether he wants to do whatever it takes to play professional soccer, that will be up to him,” Robinson told reporters.
Wilson signed with Georgia as a member of his signature class of 2017. After donning a red jersey his freshman year on campus, Wilson emerged as a linchpin of Georgia’s offensive line in 2018 and 2019.
It was one of only two Georgia tackles taken in the first round, with Andrew Thomas going with the No. 4 overall pick to the New York Giants.
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Wilson signed a four-year deal with the Titans worth $ 11.5 and $ 6 million of that was guaranteed.
“We worked with him a lot before the draft,” Robinson said. “The player who was here in the fall was not the player we evaluated.”
Wilson entered the NFL with an immense amount of talent and promise. Now that his career as a Tennessee Titan appears to be over, it will be worth seeing if another NFL team takes a chance on the talented former Bulldog.
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