2021 - Ankle
2021 - Clemson, Kentucky, Alabama (SEC Championship)
I love the high motor that Wyatt plays with. Keeps going until the whistle and doesn't give up on a play. When the play is away from him. he hustles to the ball. Also like his use of pass rush moves. Does a good job of continuing to fight with quick hands to get off blocks. His flexibility puts him at a huge advantage against offensive guards by being able to bend and attack their inside edge. Position versatility will keep him on the field as he can be used in several different alignments.
Would like to see more play strength out of him. Is knocked off the ball easily by double teams. His balance isn't the best as he loses his footing too often when fighting off blocks and he is knocked back out of his gap too easily at times.Doesn't get much of an initial punch with his hands or create a ton of movement off the ball. Also could work on shedding blocks quicker in the run game. Tends to spend too much time hand fighting at times.
Devonte Wyatt is yet another prospect from the outstanding 2021-22 Georgia defense that will hear his name called early in the 2022 NFL Draft. A highly recruited three-star prospect out of Decatur, Georgia, Wyatt went the JUCO route and attended Hutchinson Community College in Kansas to start his career. After a very impressive year at Hutchinson, he returned home to play for the Bulldogs. In his first season at Georgia, Wyatt played in 12 games, finishing with 19 tackles. He improved on that in 2019, playing in 13 games and leading all interior defensive linemen at Georgia with 30 tackles. Saw his role truly increase the following season, starting in all 10 games and finishing with 25 tackles, 14 QB pressures, and two tackles for loss. Had his best year as a true senior for the Bulldogs in 2021, helping lead them to a National Championship and finishing the season with 39 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks. His play helped him earn Coaches' First Team All-SEC and AP Second Team All-SEC honors while also receiving an invitation to the 2022 Reese's Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. At the next level, Wyatt is an interior defensive linemen that can play in many different alignments in different schemes but is best suited as a true three technique in a 4-3 defense. I believe he can be a player that can start right away if needed but would also be a very good rotational player that works his way into the starting role. I see him being a first round lock at this point in the draft process and think he will be a very reliable NFL starter for many years if he plays to his full potential.
Is a solid athlete at the position. Very good lateral agility for his side which he uses to move down the line of scrimmage smoothly. Shows an impressive amount of flexibility. Is able to bend to get around the inside edge of offensive guards. Is explosive out of his stance which helps give him an early advantage as a pass rusher. Has adequate strength to hold his ground but isn't going to overpower people. Also gets pushed back easily by double teams. Could work on having more consistency with his balance. Is knocked back easily and loses his footing at times.
Pass Rush Ability:
Big Play Ability
Use of Hands
Pass Rush Moves
Has a very quick first step which helps him penetrate past the line of scrimmage before offensive linemen can get their hands on him. Plays with good leverage and uses his flexibility to his advantage when attacking the inside gap. Doesn't have the strongest punch but does a good job of using counter moves with his hands to get off blocks. Shows a nice variety of quick pass rush moves. Really like his rip and swim move effectiveness. Doesn't have a ton of sacks but once he gets to the quarterback, he makes them feel it even if they get the ball off.
Against The Run:
Is able to play with solid leverage at the point of attack and doesn't show much of a struggle to play low. Doesn't have the strongest punch when engaging with blocks but it is adequate. Needs to work on disengaging blocks quicker to get to the ball carrier. Does a great job of using his quick first step and flexibility to shoot the inside gaps effectively. Could work on his gap integrity as he is pushed out of his gap too easily at times. Is a sound tackler once he gets to the ball. Wraps up the ball carrier, runs his feet, and finishes with physicality.
Play with Leverage
Stack and Shed
Gap Shooting Ability
Has competitive toughness as far as the willingness to take on double teams and never backing down from contact. However, he is knocked off the ball too often at times, especially against double teams. Plays with an extremely high motor at all times. When the play is away from him, he displays a high level of effort to get to the ball. Also keeps fighting and trying to work his hands as a pass rusher. His quick first step helps him to beat offensive linemen and create havoc in the backfield.
Shows impressive awareness and play recognition. Makes adjustments in his alignment pre-snap when necessary. Does a great job of reading the run or pass quickly and finding the ball. Adjusts to the flow of the play well. Has very good position versatility. Lined up in the zero tech as a true nose, one tech, three tech, and even had a few reps in an outside seven technique, but still with his hands in the dirt.