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Titans Reach Deal with First-Round Pick Isaiah Wilson, Remove Him from COVID-19 List


NASHVILLE – The Titans have agreed to terms with tackle Isaiah Wilson, the team's first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The Titans on Monday also removed Wilson on the NFL's new Reserve/COVID-19 list.

The new reserve list category was created for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons. If a player falls into either of these categories, his club is required to immediately place the player on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Per agreed upon NFL-NFLPA policy, clubs are not permitted to comment on player's medical status other than referring to roster status. Clubs may not disclose whether player is in quarantine or is positive for COVID-19.

Also on Monday, the Titans re-signed guard Zac Kerin, who was released last week.

After being selected by the Titans out of Georgia, the 6-foot-6, 350-pound Wilson said he's ready to make his mark on the football field.

"I think the best part of my game is I am physical, and I enjoy beating people up," Wilson said after the NFL Draft. "I enjoy running the ball, I enjoy trying to essentially break another man's will. I would say that is my strong suit. … I just want to beat people up (on the football field) and I am looking forward to it. I am ready to work to be the best Titan I can be."

Wilson was taken with the 29th overall pick by the Titans.

"I know it's a team with a great culture," Wilson said. "They want to win, they do win. They like to run the ball and pound people, and they throw the ball as well. I am just happy to be a part of the (Titans) family. I love the culture there, and I want to be a part of it. And I'm ready to do whatever the team needs to succeed and win. I am ready to work for Tennessee."

Wilson was an All-SEC second team performer for the Bulldogs in 2019 after playing in 11 games, starting 10. He was the co-winner of Offensive "Up Front" Award, given at team's post-season awards gala.

Wilson played every offensive snap last season vs. Kentucky, Florida, Auburn and Texas A&M and he played over 95 percent of offensive snaps in three others: Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Missouri. He missed the Murray State and Arkansas games due to injury but returned to action vs. Notre Dame.

He was on the Outland Trophy Watch List.

Titans general manager Jon Robinson said he expects Wilson to compete with veteran Dennis Kelly, re-signed last month, at right tackle. The Titans lost Jack Conklin, last year's starter at right tackle, to the Browns in free agency.

"He's a big man and he's a tough guy to get out of the way of," Robinson said of Wilson. "He has excellent power to move the line of scrimmage in the run game and he is tough to get around in the pass game. … He'll compete at right tackle, we'll plug him in there, and him and Dennis will battle that out. He has some things he has to work on, but we really, really like the upside of this guy."

Added Titans coach Mike Vrabel: "He's a massive player that we're excited to start working with as soon as we can."
Jon Robinson and Mike Vrabel on First-Round Pick Isaiah Wilson: 'He's a Big Man'

In 2018, Wilson was named to the Football Writers Association of America freshman All-America Team, and the 2018 Coaches Freshman All-SEC Team after starting all 14 games at right tackle. He played on 95 percent of Georgia's offensive snaps during Georgia's eight SEC games, including every snap in the last four conference games. He was named co-winner of the Offensive Most Improved Player award, given at team's post-season awards gala.

With the Titans, Wilson said he wants to contribute right out of the gate. After being picked by the Titans, he said he'd love to pave the way for running back Derrick Henry and quarterback Ryan Tannehill as a rookie.

"It is special," Wilson said of being picked by the Titans. "I am extremely grateful for the opportunity and I am ready to win. I am sure I am going to learn a lot of great things from Derrick Henry about run blocking, about where he expects his holes to be as a back who has been in the league for years. Ryan Tannehill can definitely teach me certain things about protection and things of that nature. I definitely plan on learning from those guys and bettering my game off of those guys and polishing up what I do and try and be the best player for the team. … I am going to compete my hardest and do whatever the team needs me to do to win games."

Kerin (6-5, 305) will provide depth and competition inside on the offensive line.

Signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2014, Kerin has spent time with the Vikings (2014-16), Lions (2017), Giants (2018), Falcons (2018) and Redskins (2018) during his NFL career.

He's played in 18 games, with two starts.

Kerin most recently played with the New York Guardians of the XFL after being drafted in the 5th round in phase two in the 2020 XFL Draft. He was placed on Injured Reserve during minicamp in December 2019.

Kerin played collegiately at Toledo, where he was selected to the All-MAC team three consecutive seasons from 2011 to 2013 while appearing in 50 career games, with 38 career starts. He did not miss a single game over the final three years of his collegiate career.

The Titans select Georgia offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson in first round (29th overall) of 2020 NFL Draft. (AP Photos)

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