The Super Bowl is over, so it’s time for endless mock drafts until you would rather die than look at another mock draft. That usually happens by March, so lets get right into the swing of things. SB Nation’s own Dan Kadar gave the Atlanta Falcons a very familiar name in his latest mock draft.
This choice was down to Wynn or Florida defensive lineman Taven Bryan. In an either-or situation, best player available should win out. That is Wynn, an impressive guard prospect who held his own when Georgia moved him to left tackle last season.
If you have been reading out multiple mock draft updates per day, you saw that Matt Miller mocked Wynn to the Falcons this morning. Man, this is so many mock drafts and we aren’t even at the combine.
The expectations right now, based in part on the team’s interest during the Senior Bowl, are that the Falcons will prioritize adding a guard and a defensive tackle. It also helps that the team chatted up Wynn at the Senior Bowl, and the Falcons take a Senior Bowl player every year under Dan Quinn. It’s still a random guess at this point with so many unknowns in free agency. I took a look at this very issue a few weeks back, and came away thinking there’s not much talent at defensive tackle in free agency.
Either way, if the Falcons address guard in the draft, Wynn makes a ton of sense. The Falcoholic’s very own Kevin Knight took a look at Wynn a few days back and loves his upside. Atlanta needs some quick guards, so experience at left tackle is a huge plus.
Wynn isn’t quite the elite and dominant force on the interior that Quenton Nelson is, but he’s still very good. He had an excellent senior season at Georgia that saw him give up very few pressures while playing left tackle—if he were just a few inches taller, he’d almost certainly be getting top-15 buzz as a high-level tackle prospect. As it stands now, Wynn has the makings of a Pro Bowl-caliber guard with a few minor refinements to his technique.
The Falcons will need to upgrade guard at some point this offseason. Andy Levitre is probably in his last year with the team, and we aren’t sure if Wes Schweitzer can hold down the spot. Sean Harlow is still an unknown, but it seems highly unlikely he is ready to start after only one season. The best case scenario requires Atlanta to add at least one starter-quality guard before the 2019 season. Draft analysts think that player could be Wynn.