Sunday, September 25, 2022

UGA DL Devonte Wyatt receives NFL player comparison

Georgia Bulldogs defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt made the most of his final season in college. He boosted his 2022 NFL draft stock with an impressive 2021 season.

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein compares Wyatt to Houston Texans defensive lineman Maliek Collins. Who is Maliek Collins?

Collins began his NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys. He has played in the league for six seasons. Collins has 17.0 career sacks and 128 career tackles. He played college football at Nebraska and was a third-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

American Team defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt of Georgia stood out at the Senior Bowl before he picked up an injury. ( Associated Press Photo/Butch Dill)

Devonte Wyatt could be drafted as high as the first round. Wyatt will be 24 years old when the 2022 NFL draft rolls around, so that may be one of his bigger weaknesses.

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Wyatt helped Georgia have a strong interior run defense throughout his career with the Bulldogs. He only recorded five sacks in his career with Georgia, but is a good pass rushing presence along the interior.

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein went into further depth about Wyatt’s best and worst traits.

Highly active defensive tackle with decent strength. Wyatt is made for movement and disruptions. He helped himself in 2021 with better tape both against the run and as a pass rusher. His lateral quickness is useful in beating zone blocks and in sliding across the front in a game-based pass rush. Wyatt has adequate strength but struggles to withstand a second blocker. The traits are average, but the effort is consistent and Wyatt should fit nicely as a rotational, gap-seeking three-technique with disruptive flashes.

Wyatt’s game is well-adapted for the NFL. He is a three-down player that is good at holding up in the run game. Wyatt has great quickness for a guy of his size. The former Georgia star fits the NFL’s mold of a modern defensive tackle.

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