Myles Garrett has been the consensus number one overall pick for the past two seasons. That status was only cemented with his elite combine performance. Overall, Myles Garrett does possess all the tools to be an All-Pro edge rusher at the next level.
Garrett’s stats in college only back up his hype. For his career, Garrett compiled 141 total tackles, 47 tackles for a loss, and 31 sacks. He finished 2016 with 7 forced fumbles in his career at Texas A&M as well. Garrett also finished his 2015 and 2016 seasons as a First Team All-American.
Although he was hampered by injury for most of last season, Garrett was still one of the better players in college football. He may have lost a little hype due to that injury but make no mistake, he is still the best player in this very deep draft class.
Name: Myles Garrett
Size: 6’4”/ 272 lbs/ 35 1/4” arm length
School: Texas A&M
Comparison: Dwight Freeney
Draft Grade: #1 Pick
Combine Results: 40 yard dash: 4.64 seconds, Vertical Jump: 41”, Broad Jump: 128”, Bench Press: 33 Reps
Strengths: Rare combination of size and athleticism, has ability to beat left tackles with either speed or strength. Elite bend for a player of his size. Great combination of hand usage and technique. Spin move and bull rush moves are very refined, uses them very effectively with ease. Very fluid in his movement, no wasted steps getting by lineman. Excellent run defender, rarely overcommits and does a great job staying in his lane. First step is among best in the class, when he gets a good jump tackles have no chance. Versatile enough to play multiple positions across a defensive front. Closing speed when chasing quarterbacks or running backs is at an elite level.
Weaknesses: Struggled with injuries last year, really showed against NFL caliber tackles like Cam Robinson. Inconsistent motor at times really hurts his impact on games.
Overview: Myles Garrett is easily the best overall player in this draft. He has the bend, athleticism, size, and strength to be the next elite player in the NFL. I have been scouting players for the NFL Draft since 2011 and Garrett is easily the best player I have watched. Come draft night, the Browns should be sprinting to the podium to draft Garrett.