Possibly the number one player in the 2017 NFL Draft class in Texas A&M edge rusher Myles Garrett. Garrett is widely tipped to go #1 overall to the Cleveland Browns, so lets take a look why he is one of the hottest prospects in the class.
Name: Myles Garrett
Date of birth: 29th December 1995
High school: Arlington Martin HS
Height: 6 ft 6
Weight: 270 lb
During high school, Garrett was a highly talented athlete. While his main focus was football, he also competed in basketball and track. ESPN ranked Garrett as their number one recruit of the 2013 class after his senior season in which he amassed 19.5 sacks. Garrett was a state qualifier in track & field throwing events, thanks to top throws in the shot put and discuss. In October 2013, Garrett committed to play college football at Texas A&M.
In Garrett’s freshman season at Texas A&M, he broke the Aggies freshman sack record on 5.5 sacks in just six games. After nine, he broke Jadeveon Clowney’s SEC freshman sack record of eight. On the season, Garrett finished with 11.5 sacks, 53 tackles (14 for loss), 10 QB hurries and a blocked kick that was returned for a touchdown. Garrett was named a consensus Freshman All-American and Freshman All-SEC selection. All of these feats were made all the more impressive when he announced he was undergoing off-season surgery to repair torn ligaments in his hand.
Garrett followed on from his freshman campaign with an SEC-leading 12 sacks. He finished the season with 57 tackles (18.5 for loss), 7 QB hurries, 5 forced fumbles, 1 blocked punt and his first career interception. Garrett was named a first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America and the Walter Camp Football Foundation. He was also named the top defensive lineman in college football.
In his junior year, Garrett found his playing time limited through injuries. In the Aggies’ fourth game of the season versus Arkansas, he suffered a high-ankle sprain that kept him out for the teams next two games. He was then limited to third-downs in numerous games for the rest of the season, finishing the season with 8.5 sacks, 32 tackles (15 for loss), 10 QB hurries, and 2 forced fumbles.
Following what would be his final season in college, Garrett was named a Unanimous Consensus All-American by Walter Camp Football Foundation, the Football Writers Association of America, the American Football Coaches Association, The Sporting News, the Associated Press, Fox Sports, Pro Football Focus, and SB Nation. He announced his decision to enter the 2017 NFL Draft on the 31st December 2016.
- Well built, but elite ability to have control over his body
- Exceptional speed
- As effective when blocked as he is in space
- Uses power to fly through blocks
- Always has a chance of making plays on the football (5 career PBU & 3 blocked kicks)
- Played through multiple injuries
- Voted as defensive captain during junior season
- Makes a living in the backfield (32.5 sacks, 48.5 TFL during college)
- Needs coaching on pass-rushing move transition in NFL
- Can be over-aggressive on run, read-option and play-action plays
- Slightly over-used during college leading to plays off
IDEAL NFL FITS:
- Cleveland Browns
- San Francisco 49ers
- Jacksonville Jaguars
- Carolina Panthers
It’s easy to compare Garrett to SB50 MVP Von Miller given that they were both Aggies and both put up elite numbers, but Garrett is much more similar to DeMarcus Ware. Both are big, strong, powerful edge rushers that could both go on to have Hall of Fame careers.
PROJECTED: Top 5