2022 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Devonte Wyatt
By Charlie Campbell
Summary: Given the loaded Georgia defensive line, it took some time for Wyatt to work his way into a starting role. Over 2018-2020, Wyatt recorded 2.5 sacks and 74 tackles as a rotational player. As a senior, Wyatt started next to star nose tackle Jordan Davis and put up his best season for the Bulldogs. Wyatt helped Georgia win the National Championship with 39 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 2021. After the season, Wyatt worked out well at the combine to help his draft grade.
Wyatt is a capable interior pass rusher. With his burst off the snap, he can fire upfield to penetrate into the pocket, and his relentless motor helps him to finish rushes by outfighting blockers to get to the quarterback. Wyatt uses active hands to keep guards from getting a hold of him, and his natural pad level keeps him low with good leverage. His good athleticism and agility allow Wyatt to contort his body to dip underneath blockers and keep gaining on the quarterback. Wyatt also plays hard with a steady motor. He lacks length, however, and needs more pass-rushing moves for the NFL.
In the ground game, Wyatt is generally stout at the point of attack. He can use his strength to hold his ground and has the athletic ability to fight off blocks. Wyatt is slightly undersized and lacks length. Hence, power guards could wear on him over four quarters in the NFL. At his size, he could have issues holding up against bump blocks and get pushed out of his gap by double teams.
Wyatt's best fit at the next level could come as a three-technique in a 4-3 defense. He lacks the length to play five-technique defensive end in a 3-4 and does not have the size of a 3-4 nose tackle. Some team sources said they dropped Wyatt from their boards because of makeup concerns and him having lots of baggage.
Some in the media, like NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah, have projected Wyatt to go as a top-20 pick in Round 1 of the 2022 NFL Draft. WalterFootball.com's survey of NFL team sources found some having him in the second round with a few others thinking he will go around the No. 20-30 range of Round 1.
Player Comparison: Maliek Collins. Collins (6-2, 310) and Wyatt are almost identical in size. They both have speed and athleticism in a stumpy build with an ability to be disruptive. A lack of length hurts both players. In the NFL, I could see Wyatt being a defender similar to Collins.
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