Infamous Vikings Third-Round Pick Gets Dumped for 4th Time in 2022

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Jul 28, 2022; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings guard Wyatt Davis. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

When the Minnesota Vikings selected Wyatt Davis in the third-round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the assumption was that he’d be the right guard of the future for the Vikings, and he alongside Christian Darrisaw would solve the Vikings offensive line woes. However, Wyatt Davis has become an infamous Vikings third-round pick, and this week, he was cut for the fourth time in 2022. This time, it was by the Arizona Cardinals.

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The Vikings were right about Darrisaw as he’s been absolutely fantastic in his second season. However, prior to the regular season’s start, Davis was cut by the Vikings as they trimmed their roster down to 53 players. He virtually was a no-show during training camp, and in 15 months, Davis went from the right guard of the future to a player on the waiver wire.

Following being cut by the Vikings, Davis found his way to the New York Giants prior to Week 1 of the regular season with their practice squad. He did not appear in any games, and he was released for the second time on September 8th.

Infamous Vikings Third-Round Pick Gets Dumped for 4th Time in 2022
Sep 7, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Wyatt Davis (52) against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Davis was signed by the New Orleans Saints a day later. Believe it or not, he actually found a few snaps worth of playing time. During Week 5 against the Seahawks, the Saints ran him out there for a pair of offensive snaps. However, they too ran out of use for the former Viking and waived him in November.

That’s how Davis landed with the Arizona Cardinals, who promptly claimed him off waivers. He found more playing time with them in Week 10, playing a snap on offense in their victory over the Rams. That’s all the action he’d see though, and now he’s on the search for another team this year.

Christian Darrisaw / Wyatt Davis
Vikings rookies, including defensemen Christian Darrisaw, front left, and Wyatt Davis practice during NFL football rookie minicamp Friday, May 14, 2021, in Eagan, Minn. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)

The fall of Davis is one of the more unexplainable things in recent draft memory. There were many draft minds that believed he had the potential to be a future Pro Bowler on the interior offensive line. Now, he’s a borderline practice squad player who has been unable to catch on anywhere.

Of course, Davis is still young at just 23 years of age. There is plenty of time for the guard to turn things around for his NFL career, and he’ll likely get picked up by a fifth team during the offseason. We shall see if the Ohio State product can figure things out and carve out a spot for himself with an NFL roster.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. He also earned minors in History, Human Biology, and Journalism. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys marathon training, playing video games, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. For more of his opinions, check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.