Cleveland Browns NFL Draft Profile: Myles Garrett
If you have any questions about Garrett’s physical traits, here is him running his 40-yard dash at his Pro Day. Remember, he his 6-foot-4, 272 pounds.
Garrett is a physical freak who has been the top prospect in this draft for most of the past year. Fans don’t want to just look at his combine stats and say he should be the No. 1 pick, yet his 40-yard dash time, along with his 41-inch vertical jump, affirm his status as the top prospect.
His 31 sacks in three years at Texas A&M illustrate his ability on the line, although it is fair to note that a fair share of these came against teams outside the SEC.
However, he still possesses the skills to be a dominant pass rusher at the NFL level, and should only improve once he is taught better technique, instead of just relying on his physical advantage.
The highlight video above gives a glimpse of his power on the outside, and his ability to get into the backfield right away.
He still needs to work on his technique, which is a point brought up in his draft profile written by Lance Zierlein on NFL.com:
"Relies heavily on tremendous athleticism and explosion. Still learning how to string moves together and work with a pass-rush plan. At times, will take too long to activate counter moves when initial attack has stalled. Effort level appears closely tied to fatigue level at times. As pass rusher, uses hands reactively too often rather than proactively. Gets too cozy with blockers and will ride block for too long. Needs more urgency in disengagement."
The physical tools are there, so Garrett just needs to be taught how to use them effectively. And as he is a smart, high-character individual, there should be no hiccups in the learning process. It also helps that there are other threats along the defensive front, taking the focus off of just Garrett.
Yet with his abilities, it will be hard not to throw a double-team at him all throughout 2017.