NASHVILLE – The Titans picked a big man in the first round of Thursday night's NFL Draft in Georgia tackle Isaiah Wilson.
Now, the 6-foot-6, 350-pounder is 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 on a conference call Thursday night. "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, taken with the 29th overall pick, said he's happy to be a Titan.
"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."
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. 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."
The Titans are scheduled to make two more picks on Friday – one in the second round (pick No.61) and one in the third round (No.93).
On Saturday, the Titans are scheduled to make four picks – one in the fifth round (No.174) and three in the seventh round (No. 224, No. 237, No. 243).
"We have a couple of more rounds here over the next couple of days," Robinson said, "and we'll continue to build. But we're excited about the start that we're off to. ... We'll get back in the ring tomorrow night and keep punching at this thing."
The Titans select Georgia offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson in first round (29th overall) of 2020 NFL Draft. (AP Photos)
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