Myles Garrett, 5-star defensive end from Arlington, Texas, projects to be a great defensive end at the college level.
As it stands, Garrett seems to be a Texas A&M lean, but Oklahoma and TCU are also on his interest list (247Sports). Wherever he does end up though, Garrett has star potential.
- Name: Myles Garrett
- Hometown: Arlington, Texas
- School: James Martin High School
- Position: WDE
- Height: 6'4" (247Sports)
- Weight: 240 lbs (247Sports)
- 40 time: 4.70
- Rankings: 5-star (247Sports Composite), 4-star (Rivals), 4-star (Scout.com), 5-star (ESPN Recruiting Nation)
Garrett is athletic and he possesses good quickness. He doesn't have game-changing speed, but his 4.70 40 combined with his natural athleticism make him very effective on the edges and in open space.
He's length will cause blockers and quarterbacks some issues, and he's agile enough to drop back into coverage and get in between throwing lanes. Garrett will be able to run into the flats and make a play in the open field, but he can also drop into the hook-curl zones and not be a liability.
As a pass-rusher, Garrett has quick feet, and he also has enough speed to be able to rush the outside, dip his shoulder and turn the corner. He separates himself with his inside move though. Most defensive ends at the college level struggle with getting B-gap leverage, but Garret has a good set of moves that help him get inside the tackle for a quicker shot to the quarterback or runner.
In the play below, Garrett starts off as a 5-technique at defensive end:
At the snap, he sets up his outside rush, but in the next frame you can see how he's actually planning to plant his outside foot and shoot the inside gap. In essence, he used the outside rush to set up his inside move:
He uses a swim move with his right arm to get over the blocker's shoulder and into the B-gap. The swim move is effective because it creates less surface space for the blocker to use and eventually exposes Garrett's back—which could set up a clipping call for the tackle if the blocker were to push Garrett:
Finally, Garrett accelerates and hits the quarterback, forcing a bad throw:
The small fundamental movements and intricacies of Garrett's game really set him apart. He should be a great pass-rusher at the college level.
Garrett needs to work on using his hands more, especially out of his stance. Too often, even in his highlights, he would rush a blocker using the strength of his upper body, without punching into the blockers chest plate, extending, locking and driving. Essentially, he needs to work on his "bull rush."
His swim move is notable, but he'll need to work on causing more "explosion" with his punch at the line of scrimmage in order to be a complete player.
Texas A&M appears to be the leader for Garrett's commitment right now, and all 11 experts in the 247Sports Crystal Ball predict that he will end up in College Station.
The Aggies are one of the hottest programs in the country and they've surpassed Texas as "the team" in the state. Garrett would fit right in as a weak-side defensive end.
For now, this appears to be an easy call.
Prediction: Texas A&M
Note: All scouting and analysis of Garrett done via tape study of film provided on his 247Sports profile page. Picture breakdown courtesy of his hudl film, also provided on his 247Sports profile.