The Patriots welcomed their two first-round draft picks, Georiga alums Isaiah Wynn and Sony Michel, to Gillette Stadium on Friday, April 27, 2018. The rookies met Robert Kraft and Jonathan Kraft, and were introduced before the media.
New England’s top two 2018 rookies are off to a quick start.
As he’s done on the football field the past several seasons, Isaiah Wynn paved the way for Sony Michel, going 23rd overall in Round 1 before the Patriots made Michel the 31st pick Thursday shortly before midnight. Roughly 16 hours later, the University of Georgia roommates – an offensive lineman and running back, respectively – made their Gillette Stadium debut as members of the team.
“I got a little bit [of sleep],” Michel remarked. “A little bit of celebrating. Not too much. It was a moment to enjoy. I tried to soak it all in. Got enough sleep. I’m here. Happy to be here, wide awake, ready to go.”
“I took a different route. I enjoyed it with my family,” said Wynn. “We all were tired, so, got in bed kind of early. I put my phone on ‘Do Not Disturb,’ but that didn’t help because I was anxious to get up here today. I was just lying there wide awake.”
The two friends were all smiles from the moment they walked in the door with team owner Robert Kraft and president Jonathan Kraft to receive their ceremonial No. 1 jerseys in front of the media.
“It’s unbelievable,” Wynn continued. “It’s great to continue on this new journey, open up this new chapter of our lives.”
They’ll have help settling into their new home from a pair of former Georgia teammates – center/co-captain David Andrews and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell – who are established veterans in New England.
“Great to know Georgia players are back together,” declared Michel. “We know what we’re about. We know what we stand for. We know what this [Patriots] program stands for and we’re able to just kind of bring it all together and just work as a team.”
In the meantime, the jocular jocks’ chemistry was evident throughout their 10-minute welcoming session. The two Florida natives met at a football camp in high school and saw their relationship flourish as college teammates, a process they hope to continue as Patriots and potential roommates again.
“If not roommates, we’re going to be neighbors,” Michel promised while Wynn laughed beside him. “He can’t run from me.”