If you’ve ever had the pleasure of watching Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, you’d know he’s going to be a special talent when he trades in Saturdays for Sundays.
NFL scouts have been watching film on the 6-foot-5, 262-pound freak of nature since his inaugural season in College Station, and some have had him pegged as the No. 1 overall pick when he makes himself eligible for the NFL Draft. Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com took his turn at scouting Garrett and the returns have largely been unchanged.
One of his biggest “takeaways” was an executive comparing Garrett to NFL great Julius Peppers, who has pieced together a Hall of Fame-caliber career during his time with the Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers.
“I spoke to one personnel executive who compared him to Julius Peppers. I wouldn’t put him in that class just yet, but he’s still very young and his best football is ahead of him.”
Having played just two seasons, it may be too soon to place him a pedestal as high as Pepper’s, but having posted back-to-back, double-digit sack seasons, it seems like a matter of “when” and not “if.”
Garrett, like any underclassman, doesn’t come without his flaws, though those are few and far between. Jeremiah acknowledges his completeness as a player, but needs to get better at “quickly shedding blocks and freeing himself up to pursue the ball. He’s shown the ability to do this, but he could be more consistent in this area.”