The Tennessee Titans drafted Isaiah Wilson with the No. 29 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Less than a year later, the former All-SEC offensive tackle could be entering his last few weeks with the team and desperately in need of a change in scenery.
Coming out of Georgia, Wilson was viewed as a fringe first-round talent. The Titans drafted him intending to play him at right tackle, competing for the starting job vacated by Jack Conklin. Unfortunately, a string of terrible off-field decisions resulted in him facing discipline more times than snaps played as a rookie.
Coming off one of the worst rookie seasons in recent memory, Wilson’s days with the Titans are coming to an end.
Tennessee Titans exploring Isaiah Wilson trade
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Titans are shopping Isaiah Wilson around the league this offseason. Days after general manager Job Robinson put the 22-year-old on notice, it seems both sides are ready to move on from one another.
Wilson didn’t take long to respond to the team’s general manager calling him out. The former Georgia Bulldogs star tweeted he was ‘done’ with the Titans, then deleted the tweet a short time later. The sentiment seems to be mutual for Tennessee.
The maturity issues started showing up immediately. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with the NFL enforcing strict protocols, teams made it clear to players that extreme caution needed to be taken. He first landed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list when training camp began in July, before being activated on August 3.
While many followed the guidelines and listened to the clubs, Wilson attended a party at Tennessee State University on August 15. When police were called, he reportedly considered jumping off a second-story balcony to flee from officers, but backed away and cooperated. The school issued him a trespass warning and the Titans placed him on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
Tennessee handled the protocol violations on its own, but things got worse. He landed on the COVID-19 reserve list for a second time on September 6, keeping him out for the regular-season opener. Just days before the Titans faced the Denver Broncos in Week 1 on Monday Night Football, Wilson was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
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Wilson came off the reserve list in October, playing only four snaps. After repeatedly breaking team rules in the past, he finally found his way onto the field. Unfortunately, that didn’t last long. The Titans suspended him for Week 13, citing another violation of the team’s rules.
In the best-case scenario, the Tennessee Titans are likely getting a Day 3 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft back for Wilson. Given he already had red flags around his maturity and work ethic before being drafted, NFL teams will likely just wait until Wilson is released. While at least one organization will likely sign him, it’s evident that it will be Wilson’s only second chance.