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Report – Steelers Have Taken 1st Round Prospect DL Devonte Wyatt Off Their Draft Board

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Report – Steelers Have Taken 1st Round Prospect DL Devonte Wyatt Off Their Draft Board

The Pittsburgh Steelers love defensive lineman Jordan Davis from Georgia, but apparently they won’t even consider drafting his teammate Devonte Wyatt.

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93.7 The Fan Pittsburgh radio host Andrew Filliponi tweeted out that the Steelers weren’t interested in Wyatt because of some off-field issues that happened in 2020.

“2 NFL sources in the past week have told me based on everything they know about the Steelers (which is a lot) that Georgia D-lineman Devonte Wyatt is NOT on their draft board. For character reasons. He was arrested in 2020. On a family violence criminal charge. Worth monitoring.”

Wyatt was involved in a ‘family violence’ dispute in 2020 with a woman that he was living with at the time.  According to the police report Wyatt kicked in a door, and entered the place of residence of a female. There was no report of Wyatt actually putting his hands on her in this instance.

One AFC Scout who reportedly needs defensive line help told WalterFootball.com that their team had taken him off of their boards because of character issues. That team very well could be the Steelers.

“He’s off our board… If teams are okay with the character, I think he goes between No. 21-32. He has a lot of red flags.”

But according to reports NFL teams have found through their own sources 3 other cases of domestic violence linked to Wyatt. The Kansas City Chiefs, and Minnesota Vikings have interviewed Wyatt so far this off-season. After dealing with a lot of off the field issues over the past decade Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin have seemed to transition away from any player that may have a character issue. It’s mostly worked as the Steelers have not had any arrests in quite awhile.

NFL.com says this about Wyatt as a prospect.

Overview
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.

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 08: Cornerback Kameron Kelly #29 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts during the second half of the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on December 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Steelers defeated the Cardinals 23-17. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Safety Kameron Kelly was arrested in 2019 after signing with the team in the off-season leading up to that season. He was promptly released within 24 hours of his arrest.

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