By: Steve Johnson
Myles Garrett, Edge Rush, Texas A&M
6’4″ 272, 35 1/4″ arms, 10 1/4″ hands
4.64 40, 41″ vert, 128″ broad jump
2014: 12 games. 49 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 11 sacks, 1 PD
2015: 13 games. 59 tackles, 19.5 TFL, 11.5 sacks, 1 int, 2 PD, 5 FF
2016: 11 games. 33 tackles, 15 TFL, 8.5 sacks, 2 PD, 2 FF, 1 FR
Misc. Stats: Blocked 3 kicks during career
Accolades: 2014 Freshman All-American and second-team All-SEC. 2015 first-team All-American. 2015 Bill Willis Award (awarded to nations best DL). 2016 first-team All-American
Injuries: Had surgery to repair torn ligaments in his hand in 2014. Suffered a high-ankle sprain in his left leg in 2016.
History: Garrett was a 5 star recruit out of Arlington, TX, he also competed in track and field as a prep. His mother was a track star at Hampton in the 80s. His brother, Sean Williams is a former first round pick by the New Jersey Nets. His sister Brea is a track and field star, became the first weight throw NCAA champion in Aggie history in 2014.
Strengths: Freak specimen with ideal size, speed, power, and explosiveness. Long limbed with big hands. His 41′ vertical, was tops among Defensive Ends, and his 10’8″ broad jump was 2nd best to Haason Reddick. Fluid runner, doesn’t look like he weighs 270 (ran a 4.64 40 at the combine, and then a 4.57 at his pro day). Has an explosive first step (1.58 10-yard split at Combine) and can dip and bend around the corner to get to the QB. Relentless pursuit and good tackler. Weight room monster. Is competitive and wants to be the best, didn’t have to run drills again at his pro day, but did anyways. Battled through injuries. Three year starter in the SEC, broke Jadeveon Clowney’s freshmen record for sacks. Good kid, watched his older brother’s NBA career self destruct. Team captain. Is 21 years old.
Weaknesses: Pass rush repertoire needs work, specifically his hands. Looked worn down at times, but could be due to taking on double teams and being chipped constantly. Not a great edge setter in the run game, probably better suited for an OLB in a 3-4 defense.
Overview: Garrett is the consensus #1 pick and one of the few complete studs in the 2017 draft. He looks the part and produced at the highest level against starting caliber offensive linemen in the NFL. Is a complete game changer that will help free up his teammates and make whatever team that drafts him defense that much better from day one.
Draft Projection: Top 3 Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 7.8