Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt enters his rookie season with high expectations.
Selected 28th overall by the Packers back in April, can Wyatt quickly earn a starting job in Joe Barry’s defense?
What kind of impact can Wyatt make in his first season?
In his final year at Georgia, Wyatt played in 13 games. He made 39 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks.
Will he make the roster?
Yes. The Packers didn’t draft Wyatt in the first round to then not keep him on the 53-man roster.
What to expect in 2022
Wyatt can immediately help the Packers’ defense. The defensive line could be the best and deepest group we’ve seen in Green Bay for many years.
In free agency, Green Bay found Pro Bowler Kenny Clark some help by signing Jarran Reed. To then draft Wyatt can take this defensive line to another level.
Wyatt was arguably the best defensive tackle in this year’s draft class. According to Pro Football Focus, he was their highest-graded Power Five defensive lineman last season.
He was at No. 23 in Daniel Jeremiah’s prospect rankings for NFL.com. Jeremiah believes “Wyatt has tremendous upside and could emerge as the top interior lineman in this class”.
Wyatt contributed both against the run and as a pass rusher in an excellent Georgia defense. We could see the same in Green Bay.
Given the Packers’ great defensive line depth, Wyatt won’t necessarily land a starting job right away. But he could.
Even if he isn’t a starter from Week 1, he will have an important role to play. Wyatt will see plenty of defensive snaps in 2022.
The Packers added two Georgia defenders in the first round of the draft: Wyatt at No. 28 and inside linebacker Quay Walker at No. 22. Both can contribute right away.
Wyatt strengthens the Packers’ defensive line, and it will be exciting to see what he can do this season.