The 2017 NFL Draft is a little over a month away, meaning it is time to take an in-depth look at some of the top players in the class. There is no debate that Myles Garrett is the top player in this year’s class. Garrett was a special player off the edge while at Texas A&M. It takes exceptional talent to impact a game every time he is on the field, and Garrett has that kind of ability.
But what makes Myles Garrett so special? Find out in the first of a series of scouting reports filed here on EndZoneScore!
Measurements – 6’4” 272 lbs
- Garrett has the ideal body for an NFL edge rusher. His arms are exceptionally long, and his frame is well-built to hold up over a long career.
- Gets off the line with impeccable quickness – there were plays were he practically beat the ball to the quarterback.
- Garrett can win with power or quickness, and he knows how to convert speed to power when attacking the offensive line.
- Plays with exceptional bend, allowing him to slip blockers with ease at times – uses this incredibly well when double teamed, splitting his blockers and going right between them.
- Has a bevy of moves at his disposal, and can get into the backfield in any number of ways.
- Devastating finisher that can end plays in the backfield with minimal effort – does not need a clean opening to register a sack, which bodes well for his ability to succeed in the NFL.
- Does an exceptional job of reading plays and making the right decision – rarely gets fooled by things like play action.
- Knows how to be patient and set the edge in run defense, making him a complete edge rusher.
- Lazy in pursuit downfield – rarely if ever did he chase a play once it left the backfield. That might change at the pro level, but it points to a lack of effort.
- He often stayed engaged with blockers for a little too long, and could have used counter moves a little more effectively
- The overall effort was lacking at times, and he rarely played the entirety of his team’s snaps – could be to protect his health, but could lead to questions about his conditioning.
Pro Player Comparison – DeMarcus Ware
Myles Garrett is the best player in the 2017 NFL Draft class. Garrett uses a phenomenal combination of speed and power to overwhelm offensive tackles on a play to play basis. Garrett has the perfect frame to be an edge rusher in the NFL, and he is a very polished player overall. He is a complete player, and most of his flaws are nitpicks and quick-fixes. Garrett’s style of play is very similar to that of DeMarcus Ware, and he should be a perennial 15-sack player.
The Cleveland Browns have no reason to pass on Garrett with the first pick in the draft, and it would be a surprise to see them take anyone else. If they do in fact pass on him, the San Francisco 49ers would quickly scoop him up. Overall, Garrett is a phenomenal talent who could be a Pro Bowler as a rookie. He might even end up in Canton one day.
Nick Rodriguez is the Managing Editor of EndZoneScore.com. He also covers the covers the NFL Draft, along with the Jaguars, Buccaneers, and Giants. Follow him on Twitter @NickRodriguez22.