5 draft prospects the Bengals should trade up for after free agency
3. Devonte Wyatt
Devonte Wyatt is not the sexiest name from Georgia’s potent defensive line, but he might be the one best fitted to wear the orange and black stripes. While teammates Travon Walker and Jordan Davis are in front of Wyatt in many mock drafts, Wyatt fills the most significant gap this Bengals defensive line has: interior pass rush.
Jordan Davis will impact this league by being a solid run-stuffer; the Bengals have that in D.J. Reader. Travon Walker is rising because of his raw athletic ability and speed; the Bengals have a raw prospect in Joseph Ossai. Out of the three, Devonte Wyatt has the best chance to come in and immediately impact the Bengals defensive line.
Stats often can be used to support my opinion on a player; that’s not the case for Wyatt. In his four seasons at Georgia, Wyatt tallied a mere five sacks. However, in his Senior season, Wyatt tallied seven tackles for loss, a number larger than his first three seasons combined.
The sack numbers don’t worry me with Wyatt as a prospect; numbers will be low when you share a line with three other NFL prospects. What sells me on Wyatt is that he is coming off a championship season. Locker rooms almost always benefit when they add winners.