Lakewood High alumnus and former Georgia offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn was drafted No. 23 overall Thursday by the Patriots.
Wynn becomes one of the highest drafted offensive linemen in Tampa Bay history and the first Pinellas County player to go in the first round since fellow Lakewood product Dante Fowler (No. 3 overall, 2015).
The 6-foot-3, 313-pound Wynn spent time at guard and left tackle in college. He started every game last season during the Bulldogs' run to the SEC title and national championship game.
Wynn becomes the 13th Lakewood player to be selected in the draft.
"I talked to him today and I told him that he put in the work and he deserves this," said Lakewood coach Cory Moore. "He's really serious about what he does off and on the field. It couldn't happen to a better person."
Wynn was the fifth offensive linemen taken in the draft. He was a four-year starter at Lakewood and a Tampa Bay Times' first-team all-Suncoast selection as a senior in 2013.
Wynn joins an impressive list of former Spartans who have played in the NFL, including Ernest Givins, Pat Terrell, William Floyd and Fowler. And he may not be the only Lakewood player taken in the draft. UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin is projected to be a late round pick. And USF receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling is a possible draft pick.
"He's relatable to the guys who are on our team now," Moore said. "He has come to games since he graduated whenever he could. The kids can use him as motivation that if you do work hard, something like this can happen."