Drafted: ROUND: 1 - Pick Number: 28 (GB)
Draft Profile: BioDevonte Wyatt was a dominating high school player and was rated by ESPN.com as a three-star prospect, the #49 defensive tackle nationally, and the #65 overall prospect in Georgia. He opted to improve his stock and went with the JUCO option - Hutchinson CC, wherein a single year he made 30 tackles, 3 sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss. This got the attention of hometown Georgia and when offered a scholarship he jumped at the chance of playing for the Bulldogs.
In 2018 he played in 12 of 14 games and 235 defensive snaps and finished with 19 total tackles and 2 sacks.
He had a greater impact in 2019 playing in 13 of 14 games and started in the Sugar Bowl win over Baylor, and finished with 30 total stops.
Wyatt started at DT in all 10 of Georgia's games and was the team's leading tackler among interior linemen with 25 total stops.
2021 was a breakout season for Wyatt where he played in 12 of 13 games, starting in all 12 while logging 34 total tackles, leading interior lineman on the number one ranked Georgia defense, fourth on the team with 22 QB pressures, and added 4 sacks. He finally started receiving the recognition he deserved and was handed a spot on the Coaches’ All-SEC 1st Team, the AP All-SEC 2nd Team, and earned a trip to the Senior Bowl.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Is a nicely proportioned athlete with good size and excellent quickness for the position
- Wyatt made #5 on Bruce Feldman's Freaks List -- "He had 25 tackles and 14 quarterback pressures in 2020. His most impressive testing number is the 4.87 40 he clocked this offseason. He also vertical jumped 31 inches and broad jumped 9-3. The former high school shot putter is also very strong, benching 385 pounds and squatting 585."
- Played with lean and leverage against the run, tough for one man to move (sometimes double-teams, too).
- Never takes a play off - a true competitor who plays 100 percent all the time
- Quick hands enable him to disengage blocks quickly as run defender
- Has become a dominating interior pass rusher - was credited for 23 pressures in 2021
- An ideal penetrator at the line of scrimmage who thrives on piercing the first level of the defense
- Provides some secondary interior pass rush, getting most penetration when playing three-technique.
- Very good change of direction skills with a collection of quick instinctive pass rush moves. Has a superb spin move and a quick first step
- Strong tackler. Has good power in hands and can anchor, shed, and chase.
- Loose and fluid hips with very good lateral movement and excellent speed for the position
- Stout at the point of attack with the measurables to occupy multiple blockers
- Versatile player - has played snaps all across the line and has the length, pass-rush ability, and athleticism to play on the edge
- Really good football intelligence with a natural feel for the position
- In our view at the Senior Bowl Wyatt has easily been one of the biggest standouts in OL vs DL drills..
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Sometimes late off the snap allowing offensive lineman to get a firm footing against him
- Only one dominating year while at Georgia (in 2021). Was only average during his three prior seasons
- Needs to get meaner - sometimes gets pushed around too much
- Plays a bit high which allows him to sometimes be dominated at the point of attack
- Doesn't have the strongest hands and can be pushed back by bigger lineman.
- Has had problems when double-teamed - his limited length means he struggles to anchor and get leverage
- Good strength, though his marginal arm length limits his ability to grab hold of ball carriers as they run by.
Scouting Report: SummaryDevonte Wyatt has become an important part of the best defense in college football during 2021 and is an excellent pro prospect. He has an instinctive set of pass rush skills, combined with elite speed for the position, impressive measured strength, and very good lateral ability as a run defender. Wyatt however doesn't possess ideal length or size and has had only put up a single very good year with the Bulldogs, the rest being decent but underwhelming.
We consider Wyatt to be a likely late second-round talent in the 2022 NFLDraft who may be over-drafted due to being part of such a dominating Bulldog defense.
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