The Green Bay Packers selected Georgia defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt with the No. 28 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
That means the Packers went all defense with their two picks in the first round (they picked Georgia linebacker Quay Walker with the No. 22 pick).
I don’t necessarily think these were terrible picks by the Packers, but they were a bit surprising (especially the Walker pick).
The most important thing for Green Bay on Thursday night to achieve was adding a wide receiver for Aaron Rodgers (after trading Devante Adams to the Raiders earlier this offseason).
The Packers had the draft capital to make a deal for a wide receiver. They could’ve traded for AJ Brown (who went to the Eagles in a trade), Deebo Samuel, or DK Metcalf.
Or Green Bay could’ve traded up to get one of the top wide receivers in the draft. Instead, they decided to wait until later in the draft to address the wide receiver position.
As for the pick of Wyatt, I think that’s probably the better of Green Bay’s first two picks.
Here’s the scouting report on Wyatt from NFL.com:
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.
Drafting a talented defensive tackle is never a bad idea. Winning in the NFL is all about winning in the trenches.
I still think Green Bay should’ve found a way to add a wide receiver on Thursday night. But they at least salvaged the night by landing one of the top defensive tackles in the draft.
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