NASHVILLE — As of 10:17 AM on February 23, the Tennessee Titans still have Isaiah Wilson on their roster. That runs contrary to Tweet the former first-round right tackle posted on Monday night.

The seemingly endless missteps for Tennessee’s right tackle serves as a cautionary tale.

What the Titans decide to do with last year’s 29th overall pick remains to be seen. GM Jon Robinson made it clear that Wilson had yet to live up to the team’s expectations last week in his latest media availability. There is no way of knowing whether the Wilson experiment would have gone awry had another team drafted him, but it is clear something got thoroughly botched in the pre-draft evaluation process.

With COVID-19 ensuring that the NFL offseason will remain largely virtual for a second year in a row, executives around professional football should take heed of what is happening in Tennessee.

Wilson distancing himself from the Titans

Wilson saw almost no action in Year One of his NFL career.

Feb 26, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA;
Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Apparently, he has little interest in a Year 2.

“I’m done with football as a Titans,” the Tweet from Wilson said at 7:46 PM CT. “No further comments.”

Wilson deleted the message from social media within 15 minutes of posting it.

The Internet lives forever, though, and screen shots of the Wilson’s supposed ultimatum circulated quickly. An emotional Tweet is only the latest in a long list of offenses by Wilson that ultimately landed him on the non-football injury in December as his team attempted to win the AFC South. Robinson said the team had made no contact with the player since sending him away.

Per sources, Wilson had begun to sour on his situation in Tennessee after not receiving a customary birthday message from the team via their social media accounts earlier this month. Wilson turned 22 on February 12.

The relationship between Wilson and the Titans appears to be in decline.

“We did a lot of work a year ago leading up to selecting him,” Robinson said, “For whatever reason, the player this fall here in Nashville wasn’t the guy that we evaluated. He’s going to have to make a determination if he wants to do everything to play pro football.”

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Oct 18, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson (79) during the game against the Houston Texans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The 2021 NFL Combine has already been cancelled due to concerns regarding COVID-19. The league sent out a memo to every franchise stating that all workouts will be done on college campuses across the country.

Fortunately for Robinson and Tennessee, the GM now has experience with pandemic offseasons.

What Wilson seems to have perpetrated prior to last year’s NFL Draft can best be described as fraud. Nothing can absolve Robinson, coach Mike Vrabel from failing to properly vet the player but the virtual nature of last offseason (and the one upcoming) allowed for more opportunities to miss. The Titans selecting Wilson may soon go down as one of the biggest busts in the history of the sport.

You can be sure that the rest of the league is watching Wilson as a case study on how to avoid doing the same.

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