2017 NFL Draft Profile: Defensive end Myles Garrett
By Genna Preston
Check out why there is so much hype for defensive end Myles Garrett as here are his strengths, weaknesses, and video highlights heading into the 2017 NFL Draft.
Myles Garrett has been an athlete his entire life. While in high school, he not only played football but, he also played basketball and track and field. After almost 20 sacks during his senior year of high school, Garrett committed to play for Texas A&M.
Not only was Garrett the best defensive player the school had ever had but, he was ranked second in the nation heading into his freshmen year. Starting a true freshman, Garrett set Texas A&M records for most sacks per game. By the end of his freshmen year, he had 53 tackles; 14 for loss and 11.5 sacks. It’s no surprise that he was selected for the Freshman All-American and Freshman All-SEC.
If that wasn’t impressive enough, during his sophomore year, he had 57 tackles, five forced fumbles, and led the SEC with 12 sacks. His sophomore year performance earned him first-team All-American. Garrett was also the recipient of the Bill Willis award for being the top defensive lineman.
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Having only played in 10 games during his junior year, Garrett’s statistics dropped; he was also limited during games because of an injury. He still managed to end the season with 32 tackles; 13 for loss, eight and a half sacks, and two forced fumbles. Garrett was selected All-American.
Extremely quick; pre-combine numbers suggest a 4.45 sprint in the 40-yard dash. Explosive. Understands and reads opponents plays; he reacts instantly. Strong athleticism against tight ends and offensive tackles. Stops the run.
Underwent hand surgery after his freshmen year. Missed and limited during games in his junior year due to an ankle injury. Limited pass rushing abilities. He needs to be more aggressive with the use of his hands. Needs a little more confidence in order to act more instinctively.
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DRAFT DAY PREDICTION
Garrett is a first round draft pick, with the potential of becoming the overall first selection in this year’s draft. Although you never know what teams are thinking during the draft, he will undoubtedly be among the top five players taken.