College: Texas A&M
- Size/length — 6-foot-5, 270-lb frame with long arms
- Elite athleticism — legitimate 4.6 speed with easy change of direction and fluidity in movements
- Elite first-step quickness/get-off — explodes off the snap with burst and timing
- Great flexibility — can flatten and press tight angles
- Hand usage — uses hands well to stack and shed blockers in the run game and possesses a variety of pass rush moves (rip, club, inside spin, swim, long arm, bull rush) that allow him to keep his frame clean from blockers’ hands.
- Power — flashes ability to convert speed to power and put offensive tackles on skates
- Tackling — consistently breaks down and finishes tackles
- Leverage — typically plays with good pad level
- Versatility — can rush from a 2- or 3-point stance, able to line up inside as an under tackle, outside as strong-side/weak-side defensive end
- Coverage ability — fluid athlete in space who can drop into short zones
- Motor — plays snap-to-whistle on a consistent basis, hustles in backside pursuit
- Toughness — played through an ankle injury for most of the 2016 season
- Inconsistent hand usage — still learning how to sequence pass-rush moves
- Durability (minor) — missed 3 games and was limited by ankle injury in 2016
GRADE 92.00/100.00 – TOP 10 – ELITE; perennial Pro Bowler with All-Pro potential
NFL COMPARISON Julius Pepppers
PLAYER SUMMARY Myles Garrett is the best defensive end prospect that I’ve encountered since I began scouting draft prospects in 2014. He possesses similar size and athletic traits to Jadeveon Clowney, but plays with a more consistent motor, better discipline and polish, as well as greater flexibility around the edge. As a pass-rusher, Garrett can beat you in a variety of ways. He can win with pure speed and explosiveness off the edge, he can run through you with power, or he can win with finesse. As a run defender, Garrett consistently sets the edge and maintains his run fits. It should also be noted that Garrett possesses the fluidity to drop into zone coverage.
When scouring Garrett’s 2016 tape, I found it very difficult to identify weaknesses in his game, but if I’m nitpicking, he could continue to develop his counter game. Occasionally, when his initial pass rush move is thwarted he stays engaged with the blocker through the play. If Garrett can improve his ability to sequence pass-rush moves — and I believe that he will — he’ll become nearly impossible for a single blocker to handle.
All in all, Garrett is a very clean prospect with every tool needed to become an elite NFL pass-rusher along with zero off-the-field concerns to make teams think twice about investing in him early. In my opinion, Garrett should be the no. 1 overall pick regardless of the team that ends up picking in that slot.