MYLES GARRETT SCOUTING REPORT

January 20, 2017

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STRENGTHS

-Garrett looks like a prototype defensive end that you would cook up in a lab or playing Madden. His strength isn't just aesthetic strength like Nkemdiche last year, either, as he routinely uses functional leverage in displacing blockers. 

 

-To add to his superior strength, Garrett has incredible agility and athleticism for his size. On stunts, he will often do sort of a RB jump cut back towards the inside, able to stop on a dime after three yards of a head start.

 

-Garrett does a good job of taking angles in pursuit in run defense, especially when the ball carrier bounces it off tackle to the side opposite of him (as was often the case, since no one in their right mind wanted to run at him).

 

-Garrett is gifted with a wide variety of pass rush moves and isn't a "one-trick pony." Most often, he will try to attack collegiate tackles with power due to his freakish strength, but when met with resistance, can use his hands and stack rips, swims, or even spins on top of each other.

 

-To add on to this point, Garrett is a natural pass rusher who does a great job of feeling the lean of the opposing blocker. Garrett will often bait tackles by taking a wide step to get them off balance, and then use this counter-momentum to get back inside for a direct shot at the QB.

 

-Garrett will vary his rushes out of both a two and three point stance, which makes it easier for teams of bth the 3-4 or 4-3 variety to see how he could be implemented in their system. His versatility in this aspect makes him not only a chess piece for a defensive coordinator, but a potential Queen that can be moved anywhere to attack any gap. Garrett does prefer to lineup on the right side as opposed to the left.

 

 

 

WEAKNESSES

-Garrett will get knocked for a lack of effectiveness while playing hurt this past season. Some might say that Cam Robinson got the best of him in the Alabama game. However, the way I look at it is Garrett played through pain (not sure if Clowney would have suited up in that situation at South Carolina, for example), and did his best to disrupt the game with technique.

 

-With that being said... there are times when Garrett takes two, even up to three consecutive plays "off," meaning he is taking a breather. I don't knock players for taking a play off here or there in college, especially a lynchpin like Garrett who is asked to play every single snap with no rotation, but three plays in a row will knock his motor grade slightly.

 

-Although Garrett shows exceptional force when closing on an a QB for a sack or hit, at the next level he will need to be coached to find the ball more consistently to cause more turnovers. Most of Garrett's forced fumbles are a result of his violent striking, but he can incorporate more of an "attack the ball" mentality. Needs to watch some Robert Mathis/Terrell Suggs tape.

 

-Occasionally, Garrett will rely too much on counter moves and allow the offensive tackle to get his hands on him first so that he could use that momentum against him. Garrett will need to incorporate more of preemptive approach with his hands at the pro level to knock away a lineman's hands before they get a hold of him. Rolling or ripping off a college tackle is one thing, but when Joe Thomas or Tyron Smith get their hands on the inside of you? Goodnight.

 

 

 

PERSONAL

-Garrett is an all-around student athlete and extremely active in the community. Garrett regularly speaks to young people at various schools around the local community and has served as a volunteer at Twin City Mission, serving meals to needy families and doing landscape work around the facility.

 

-Garrett comes from a family of athletes. Son of Audrey and Lawrence Garrett, Myles has an older sister, Brea Garrett, who is a NCAA Champion thrower for the A&M track team and older brother, Sean Williams, who has played basketball for several NBA teams and is currently playing professionally overseas.

 

-Garrett is earning his undergraduate degree in University Studies with a concentration in Global Arts, Planning, Design and Construction in the College of Architecture. During interviews, Garrett appears engaged, well-spoken, and thoughtful in his responses and doesn't partake in any social media, which should bode well with GMs and Owners. 

 

-Myles Garrett better hope he never gets drafted by the LA Rams, because a fight with DE William Hayes would likely ensue. Why, you ask? Garrett has a fascination with dinosaurs. Big dinosaur guy. In fact, he compared his game to a deinonychus. He is also a fan of pancakes and Journey.

 

PRODUCTION

-Garrett was a 2015 First-Team All-American -- Walter Camp FF and FWAA, as well as a finalist for the 2015 Lombardi, Hendricks, Bednarik, Lott IMPACT Trophy and two-time SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week in 2015.

 

-2015 SEC Leader in QB sacks (12.5 for -71 yards), tackles for loss (19.5 for -101 yards) and forced fumbles (5).

 

 

CONCLUSION

BEST FIT: Any team. Garrett's talent and athleticism transcends scheme.

 

PLAYER COMPARISON: Julius Peppers

 

INTERESTED TEAMS: TBD

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