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Myles Garrett | Defensive End

Team: Texas A&M Aggies
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 260

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Texas A&M junior edge rusher Myles Garrett said he didn't even consider the notion of sitting out for a season to prepare for the NFL.
"I've heard it but I'm against it. I want to be one of the best that's ever come through A&M, and that would just be betraying the people I've played with and the people who have come before me, who have worked their butt off," Garrett said at SEC Media Days. "... to get to a place where I could just sit out and then go? I don't think I could do that." In 2014, eventual Houston Texans' No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney often fielded the same question. Asked about entering the 2017 draft as an underclassman, Garrett said he's focused on the coming season. It would be stunning if he's still on campus in a year. Garrett is the No. 1 overall prospect on many boards. Jul 22 - 6:05 PM

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An anonymous personnel executive speaking with compared Texas A&M junior edge rusher Myles Garrett to Julius Peppers.

This strikes us as a better fit than the oft-made comparison to Jadeveon Clowney. Garrett, who has produced 22.5 sacks over two seasons, is more than just a twitched-up edge rusher. "I was pleasantly surprised with how well he plays against the run," Jeremiah wrote. "He keeps his pads low to the ground and easily holds the point of attack." Jeremiah fawned over Garrett in the report, calling him a "complete player," a "prototype player," and a player with "the ability to dominate on all three downs," but did have one critique. "He doesn't give any ground but he can do a better job of quickly shedding blocks and freeing himself up to pursue the ball," he wrote. "He's shown the ability to do this, but he could be more consistent in this area." The 6-foot-5, 262-pound Garrett had 59 tackles (37 solo), 19.5 TFL, 12.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, an interception and two passes defensed last year.
Jul 21 - 6:36 PM

Bleacher Report's Brent Sobleski says Texas A&M junior edge rusher Myles Garrett is a better prospect than Jadeveon Clowney and calls Garrett "the best NFL draft prospect entering the 2016 campaign."

Garrett has received this comp since stepping foot on campus back in 2014, the year he broke Clowney's SEC freshman record with 11.5 sacks. The pair are nearly identical in size, though Garrett has a big edge in perceived desire and a small edge in workout numbers (4.4 vs. 4.53 forty, better jumps). "When looking at Garrett as an athlete and person and his production to date, he's a better all-around prospect than Clowney," Sobleski wrote. "He isn't just a dominant force in college; he's far from actually reaching his full potential. Whatever team eventually selects the Texas A&M defender can expect him to reach his potential because of his demeanor."
Jul 20 - 5:45 PM

Texas A&M junior edge rusher Myles Garrett's goal for 2016 is to record 20 sacks.

"I have to live up to my expectations, which is to break all the records that I can, dominate by a wide margin," Garrett said. "Let it be unanimous. Don't let anyone be close to how good you are, no matter what the division is -- one, two or three." By the by, the current NCAA record for sacks is 24 (Terrell Suggs), so Garrett is hoping to lurk in some pretty esteemed waters. No surprise that the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder is setting lofty goals for himself. He did the same thing last year, vowing to finish the season with 15 sacks and 20 tackles for loss (he ended up with 11.5 sacks and 20 TFL). Garrett also indicated during SEC Media Days that he wanted to be the first overall selection of (presumably) the 2017 draft, saying, "Who doesn't?"
Jul 13 - 12:29 PM

If Texas A&M junior edge rusher Myles Garrett's testing numbers had taken place at the 2016 NFL Combine, he would've finished No. 1 among defensive linemen in the 40-yard dash and broad jump and No. 2 in vertical leap.

"He's 6'5", 265 pounds. He runs a 4.46. What are we talking about? That is ridiculous," ESPN analyst Tim Tebow said. "He broad jumps a 10-foot-9. That is ridiculous. Oh by the way, his vertical jump is 38.5 inches. He can leg-press 1,100 pounds." That athleticism is why Garrett is generation Jadeveon Clowney-level buzz. Garrett, ranked No. 1 in the class by Mel Kiper, has 132 tackles, 33.5 TFL, 24 sacks and 20 quarterback hurries over two seasons on campus.
Jun 13 - 7:59 PM

An NFL personnel executive who spoke with NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah compared Texas A&M junior edge rusher Myles Garrett to Julius Peppers.

"I wouldn't put [Garrett] in [Peppers'] class just yet," Jeremiah wrote, "but he's still very young and his best football is ahead of him." A sign of the analyst's respect for the 6-foot-5, 260-pounder -- in writing up Garrett's weaknesses, Jeremiah opened with the sentence, "Garrett is a complete player." He would like to see the Aggies star improve his consistency in disengaging from blocks. We will have a chance to see him in a spotlight showdown with UCLA come the first weekend of September. As Jeremiah noted, "Garrett is the premier edge rusher in college football and he'll be squaring off against one of the best offensive tackles in the country, UCLA's Connor McDermott. This will be a good test for Garrett, and I think his quickness and power will allow him to harass QB Josh Rosen for four quarters."
Jun 9 - 2:10 PM

Texas A&M junior edge rusher Myles Garrett has reportedly run a sub-4.5 second 40-yard dash.

He also reportedly boasts a 38 1/2-inch vertical jump and a broad jump of 129 1/2 inches. "Whether the Aggies star is draft-eligible in 2017 or 2018, his athleticism and combine testing as a defensive end will generate a scouting buzz on a level with 2014 No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney," NFL Media noted. ESPN's Mel Kiper says Garrett is the best draft-eligible NFL prospect in college football.
Jun 2 - 4:59 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang ranked Texas A&M junior edge rusher Myles Garrett as the No. 2 underclassman prospect for 2017.

Only fellow SEC-bruiser Leonard Fournette ranks ahead of Garrett among Rang's underclassmen. The analyst referred to the 6-foot-5, 260-pounder as "explosive off the edge." The stats he has posted through just two years with the Aggies are downright terrifying. He is coming off a 2015 campaign which saw him record some video game numbers, including 19.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks and five forced fumbles. He stated earlier this offseason that he wants to be one of the best who ever played. Rivals ranks him as the No. 2 draft-eligible player while ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. bests that by placing him at No. 1. Don't expect him to stray far from the top-5 on most boards this coming season.
Source: CBS Sports
May 19 - 7:38 PM

Texas A&M junior edge rusher Myles Garrett enters his junior season with 26 career sacks.

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter pegs him as the fifth-best player in college football. "His burst, flexibility, length and acceleration make him a tough ask for any left tackle," Reuter wrote. ESPN's Mel Kiper has Garrett atop his first Big Board.
May 17 - 5:09 PM

Rivals tagged Texas A&M junior edge rusher Myles Garrett as the second-best draft-eligible player for 2017.

"Garrett is a freaky athlete who needs to improve his inside pass rush but his length and quickness make him an NFL franchise pass rusher," wrote recruiting director Mike Farrell. Colleague Adam Gorney added that the 6-foot-5, 247-pounder is a "phenomenal athlete who also hits." Last season, Garrett recorded 59 tackles (19.5 for loss), 11.5 sacks and five forced fumbles. As Gorney notes, if a quarterback like Deshaun Watson or Brad Kaaya is not selected with the No. 1 overall selection in 2017, Garrett could well be in play for it. He is a legitimate wrecking ball of a defender.
Source: Rivals
May 13 - 9:08 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranked Texas A&M junior edge rusher Myles Garrett No. 1 on his first 2017 Big Board.

No big surprise here. The 6-foot-5, 247-pound Garrett is the edge rushing savant every franchise salivates over. He combines mouthwatering measureables with huge production, producing 24 sacks and 33.5 tackles for loss in his true freshman and sophomore campaigns. That run came in the sport's toughest conference, often facing chips or double teams.
May 11 - 12:34 PM

Rivals' Mike Farrell wrote that Texas A&M junior DE Myles Garrett is "talented enough to push a quarterback out of the No. 1 spot if he continues to develop."

Out of high school, Garrett ranked as Rivals' No. 2 overall prospect for the 2014 cycle, with eventual Alabama DE Da'Shawn Hand ranking as their No. 1. Farrell would flip those two in hindsight. "Hand won out, but just barely. Obviously it looks like Garrett should have been the guy," the analyst wrote. Last season, the 6-foot-5, 247-pound Aggie recorded 11.5 sacks with 19.5 tackles for loss. Earlier this offseason, he told Sports Illustrated that he wants to "break all the records [he] can possible for a defensive end."
Source: Rivals
May 9 - 2:27 PM

Texas A&M sophomore DE Myles Garrett told Sports Illustrated, "pretty much I want to break all the records I can possible for a defensive end."

Ambition is not Garrett's problem. Last season, he set a goal of 15 sacks and 20 tackles for loss. And he almost reached them, too, ultimately finishing the 2015 campaign with 11.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss. Oh so close but oh so far. Said the 6-foot-5, 247-pound defensive terror of his career plans, "I want to go down as one of the best who came here." He also praised the work of strength and conditioning coach Larry Jackson, saying, "You know [he]m has the formula for taking great players with great work ethic and making them into something even better. He'll get me where I want to be, if I just listen and do what he says." Assuming he can stay healthy, Garrett figures to once again be one of the best defensive players in all the land come the start of the 2016 campaign.
Mar 6 - 2:11 PM

NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein believes "the best match with [Von] Miller is still in college football [in the form of Texas A&M sophomore DE Myles Garrett]."

On Monday, NFL Media's team of analysts bandied about their potential "next Von Miller's" in this draft class, but Zierlein opted to step outside that box. "The closest you could come would be Myles Jack from UCLA, but he's never been a full-time rusher and is more of a physical match than a pass-rush match," Zierlein wrote before offering Garrett as a Miller-ish human who we could see in the 2017 draft. The 6-foot-5, 247-pound sophomore recorded 59 tackles (19.5 for loss), 11.5 sacks (he now has 22.5 career sacks in just two seasons), an interception and five forced fumbles for the 2015 campaign. PFF's Jeff Dooley has noted that Garrett's begun to add a run-stopping element to his already fearsome pass-rushing skills.
Feb 8 - 6:52 PM

Pro Football Focus noted the big strides Texas A&M sophomore DE Myles Garrett made as a run defender last fall.

"He ranked third among all edge defenders behind only [Joey] Bosa and [Derek] Barnett in our PFF grades, and while the majority of that grade came from his ability to pressure the quarterback, he improved significantly as a run defender from his 2014 performance," wrote Jeff Dooley. "He started off the season with his highest grade of the year versus Arizona State, and finished it with his second-best in the bowl game against Louisville." The site ranked Garrett as the sixth-best player returning to campus. Garrett acquitted himself well in a marquee October matchup against No. 1 overall candidate LT Laremy Tunsil.
Feb 2 - 12:55 PM