Ravens add late-rising DT prospect in latest CBS Sports mock draft
The Baltimore Ravens have been connected to quite a few 2022 NFL Draft prospects over the last couple of months.
From offensive linemen like Tyler Linderbaum, Kenyon Green, Charles Cross, and Trevor Penning to defensive prospects such as Jordan Davis, Devin Lloyd, Andrew Booth Jr., and George Karlaftis, plenty of different players have been discussed.
But one recent mock draft from Josh Edwards of CBS Sports introduced a relatively new name into the fold — Georgia defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt.
Wyatt is one of the fastest-rising prospects in this year’s draft, and while most still project him as more of a fringe first-round prospect, Edwards believes he could go as high as the top-15.
"“Wyatt is rising in the eyes of many, and his body of work this past season justifies the hype. He has great size and pass rushing potential. In an effort to get younger while also conserving salary cap space, Baltimore hones in on the Georgia defensive lineman to upgrade its run defense.”"
Would the Ravens really consider drafting Devonte Wyatt?
At 6-foot-3, 315 pounds, Wyatt contributed all four years at Georgia saving his best work for his final season in 2021. Wyatt finished with a career-high 39 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks en route to being named first-team All-SEC and second-team All-American.
That standout senior season earned him an invite to the Senior Bowl where his draft stock has only continued to climb. Seen as more of a Day 2 prospect around a month ago, numerous mock drafts now have Wyatt going as early as the first round.
I’m not sure I’ve seen one with Wyatt going in the top-15 before this one, but it’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility. Wyatt is a plus run defender who has the athleticism and agility to be an instant-impact interior pass rusher as well.
Wyatt was one of the more unheralded players in a stacked Georgia front-seven. He didn’t put up the flashy numbers that players like Nakobe Dean or Jordan Davis did, but make no mistake about it — he was as critical to that unit’s success as any player on the team.
The Ravens are looking to get younger along the defensive line this offseason with the likes of Brandon Williams, Calais Campbell, and Justin Ellis set to hit free agency.
Even if Campbell returns, the Ravens could still look to upgrade the unit and Wyatt does make some sense, even if some would view the pick as a reach at this stage.
Ravens fans should keep an eye on Devonte Wyatt as the draft draws nearer. He’s someone the team could definitely be interested in.