2022 NFL Draft Prospect Profile – Devonte Wyatt, iDL, Georgia
the 2022 NFL Draft looks like it will be very good for league defenses. The “top-notch” prospects are almost all on the defensive side of the ball and there is great depth at almost every position.
This can make it difficult to highlight less flashy prospects, but it also means that this draft could yield more than a few hidden gems.
University of Georgia inside defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt could be one of those hidden gems, and any defensive coordinator would be happy to get their hands on him.
Wyatt is at his best in an aggressive one-spread defense and has played the entire defensive line for Georgia, two traits that may appeal to New York Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale.
Perspective: Devonte Wyatt (95)
Games watched: vs. Alabama (2020), vs. Clemson (2021), vs. Kentucky (2021), vs. Alabama (2021 SEC Championship Game)
Height: 6 feet 3 inches
Weight: 307 pounds
Arm length: 33 inches
Wingspan: 78 inches
Hand: 9 7/8 inches
Games played (begins): 42
Tackles For A Defeat: 12.0
Forced Fumbles: 2
Passes defended: 2
Games played: 13
Tackles For A Defeat: 7.0
Forced Fumbles: 2
Passes defended: 1
Better: Technique, strength of play, speed in the short zone, versatility
Worse: High speed, explosiveness
Projection: An important rotation player in an aggressive multi-defense.
(Wyatt is iDL number 95)
University of Georgia inside defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt has a good combination of size, speed and technique to play a variety of lineups at the NFL level.
Wyatt has a sturdy frame, weighing (just under) 6-foot-3 and 303 pounds. He played a wide variety of lineups for the Bulldogs defense, lining up everywhere from defensive end at 7 techniques to nose tackle at 0 techniques. He even lined up as a standing rusher on occasion in some blitz packages.
Wyatt plays with good initial quickness and great leverage. Wyatt possesses a solid first step and is able to disrupt blocking patterns with a quick bull rush. He plays with a good level of hip and pad and is always the “low man”, which makes it difficult for offensive linemen to anchor against him. Conversely, Wyatt’s powerful lower body and good leverage allow him to effectively perform two splits and control double teams when necessary. He’s a solid running defender who diagnoses running plays quickly, is rarely fooled by misdirection, and does a really good job of getting his hips into his assigned gap. Wyatt is capable of playing blockers and entering the backfield as a disruptor.
Wyatt also has surprising agility for his frame and build, and was frequently used as a looper when performing stunts and twists along the defensive front. Likewise, he has a strong closing flurry to make plays on running backs.
Wyatt has shown marked improvement in the use of his hands from 2020 to 2021. He now consistently attacks the chest plates of blockers to establish inside leverage and force them back onto their heels. He also constantly rushes with a plan and counters ready if his initial rush fails. Wyatt is a capable hand fighter who does a great job of getting an extension, fighting offensive linemen’s hands and keeping clean.
Although Wyatt is a good athlete for his height and build, he is not a great athlete in an absolute sense. He lacks long speed and defensive plays that require him to loop A to D gaps tend to accomplish little. Likewise, although he is an excellent pursuit player, attacking players are often able to outrun him.
Additionally, particularly long offensive linemen can take advantage of Wyatt’s mediocre length and thwart his rushes before they really have a chance to get going.
Finally, he needs to get better at timing his dailies. Wyatt’s first step certainly isn’t mediocre, but it’s often a bit sluggish before it unleashes the snap.
Overall score: 7.6
Devonte Wyatt projects as a starting inside defensive lineman — or a high-volume rotational player — for aggressive one-spread “multiply” defense.
Wyatt has experience in nearly every defensive front alignment and is capable of executing them all. He has a good enough anchor to be a nose tackle on most medium downs, the quickness and use of the hand to attack inside gaps like a rushing pass 2i, 3, 4i or 5 techniques, or even play occasionally as a 7-technique defense. end with exotic blitz looks.
That said, Wyatt would probably be the best inside defender out wide, as a defensive end in a 3-front or a 3-man technique in a 4-front.
While Wyatt might be an absolute handful for most offensive linemen, he probably won’t have a particularly high ceiling as a passing thrower. He lacks the elite length and explosiveness that the best inside rushers possess. Wyatt should be able to play any down and distance in the right pattern, but he’s not going to be a player for offenses to be a special consideration.
It could land him on the draft boards, but whichever team drafts Wyatt will get a good player — at potentially high value.