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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