Myles Garrett, Texas A&M [DE] – Joel Bishop

Name: Myles Garrett

Position: DE

School: Texas A&M

Class: Junior

Height: 6’5″

Weight: 270lbs

Games Watched: 2015 –  Arizona State, Ole Miss. 2016 – UCLA, Tennessee, Alabama

 

Overview

Garrett was a five-star recruit arriving at college station and became a starter at defensive end for three years. As a freshman he had 11.5 sacks breaking SEC and Texas A&M freshman records, 53 tackles and 14.0 tackles for loss gaining Consensus Freshman All-American and second-team All-SEC honours. As a sophomore he posted his best numbers with 12.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 57 tackles and 19.5 tackles for loss awarding him with First-team All-SEC and All-American honours. He also gained the Bill Willis award as the top defensive lineman. As a junior, Myles Garrett had to fight through injuries including his knee. Although having 9 starts in 11 games, he still managed to have 8.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 32 tackles and 15.0 tackles for loss and became an All-American for the third straight season.

 

Strengths

Cut, muscular physique. Very fluid athlete that can move well in space. Explosive player off the line with quick feet giving tackles a tough time to get their hands on him. Has the ability to dip shoulder under the tackle and flexible hips to bend around the corner with quick acceleration to the quarterback. Bats and rips away from pass protection. Very effective spin-move – possibly his best move. Can convert speed to gain power which can put tackles on skates. Uses length to keep chest away from tackles. Has the leverage ability to hold ground and set the edge against the run. Charges and attacks the mesh-point. Solid tackler with strong hands – hard to escape. Causes a lot of problems when he is going inside on stunts. Moves well side-to-side chasing down the ball.  Can line up in a 2-point stance or hand in the ground.

 

Weaknesses

Has the pass rush ability but doesn’t have a full plan – needs to counter moves better. Mostly relies on his ability to win on the outside with his athletic ability and that speed around the edge. Struggles against stronger run blockers. More urgency is needed against the run, doesn’t disengage quick enough. Can get washed up inside. Would like to see more hustle to the ball. On and off motor.

 

Bottom Line

Explosive player with huge production in college even when he fought through injury. Tremendous, natural pass rusher on the edge with elite ability but will have to work on how to use his arsenal of skills. Will have to improve against the run with some discipline and power. He can play as a 3-4 outside linebacker or as a 4-3 defensive end on that weak-side using his explosiveness.

 

Grade: 1st round

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