Isaiah Wilson had his mind made up at an early age.
He didn’t have to strap on shoulder pads or a helmet. The Canarsie, Brooklyn native knew he wanted to play in the NFL one day, to be a part of those games he frequently watched with his father.
“I think I was 4,” the hulking Georgia offensive tackle recalled with a laugh in a phone interview. “I aspired to be what I watched on TV for a lot of years now. Ever since I can remember I was running around with a football.”
In less than a month, that long-shot dream will become a reality. It’s a matter of when, not if.
The 6-foot-6, 350-pound Wilson, a consensus top-eight ranked offensive tackle in the NFL draft, is projected to go anywhere from the top of the second round to the middle of the third. NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein described him as a “big, broad right tackle prospect with outstanding physical traits and above-average potential.”
The rare New Yorker who thrived on college football’s biggest stage, Wilson was a two-year starter at right tackle for Georgia, an All-SEC second-team selection this past season, and was popular at the NFL combine last month, meeting with 25 teams.