The Isaiah Wilson saga: Was the Titans’ selection a reach? Were red flags missed?

By John Glennon

When the Titans drafted tackle Isaiah Wilson in the first round last April, it's no stretch to say the team envisioned him as a starter heading into this Sunday's season finale – forming a right-side bookend to complement former first-rounder Taylor Lewan on the left.

Instead, the Titans find themselves in a mess with Wilson, as he was placed on the team's reserved non-football illness list earlier this month, following a string of off-field issues that included a one-game suspension. Titans general manager Jon Robinson said at the time Wilson was dealing with some issues “which will take some time for him to work through.”

Barring a shocking return, Wilson will wind up playing just three offensive snaps this season, four overall. That's the fewest number for any 2020 first-round pick besides Green Bay quarterback Jordan Love – who is a back-up for Aaron Rodgers. Maybe an even more glaring comparison: Twenty-seven players chosen in the 2020 draft's seventh round have already played more games this season than Wilson's lone contest.

Though Wilson obviously won't play a role in Tennessee's critical contest against Houston – unless his absence is considered a factor – it's hard not to wonder what led to the most disappointing rookie season for a first-rounder in Titans' history.

So as the Titans prepare for the Texans . . .

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Author: John GlennonMulti-media journalist with extensive expertise covering the NFL, NHL, professional soccer and more, including the Tennessee Titans and Nashville Predators for The Tennessean with articles, videos and podcasts. Strengths include the ability to write quick, concise and thorough analysis, as well as the ability to uncover unique human-interest stories. In working as a reporter, John developed skills that extend beyond the sports journalism world. An efficient and effective communicator, John is confident, calm and productive under deadline pressure and knows the power of the written word. John brings to Broadway Sports a work ethic second to none, an intellectual hunger, and an ability to inform and entertain readers, viewers and listeners. Reach out directly to John at: