This is my first Jaguars draft profile of 2017. To get you acquainted I'll go over the format of how these things will go. We'll start off by looking at a prospect and we'll get an idea of what type of player he is/projects to be. I'll provide an overview of the player and I'll provide you some pros and cons. Then we'll look at several factors such as where he is likely to get drafted and whether or not he is a fit for the Jaguars. In short, I am going to provide you with everything you need to know when it comes to a specific prospect in relation to the Jaguars. With out further ado here is my first Jaguars draft profile of 2017.
OVERVIEW: Myles Garrett is a freak. He may not be a once in a generational type player, but he's about as close as it gets. We'll start with his size and athletic ability. He stands 6'5'' tall and weighs in at about 270 lbs. But what good are his measurables without context? That's prototypical size for a 4-3 edge rusher. What makes his size even more impressive is the fact that he's expected to run in the mid 4.5s in the 40 yard dash. That's faster than a lot of running backs and defensive backs. Translation = Garrett is a rare breed. The 40 yard dash may not be a key factor when it comes to measuring edge rushers, but I believe that Garrett will also dominate the drills that show foot quickness and short area explosiveness. Make sure to watch his 3 cone drill and 20 yard shuttle (if he participates) at the NFL Combine in early March.
PROS: Beyond his physical freakishness Garrett shows up on tape in a big way. Garrett got on campus at Texas A&M in 2014 and hit the ground running. As a freshman Garrett racked up 11 sacks on his way to a spot on the Freshman All-American team. In 2015 he duplicated the success of his freshman year, again taking down the QB 11 times. While Garrett only took down the QB 8.5 times in his final season in college, he was still one of the most dominant forces on the field in 2016, and his dip in production can be at least partially linked to the fact that he was regularly doubled teamed in 2016 and teams often would scheme plays away from his side of the field. In all he recorded 31 sacks, 47 tackles for loss, and 7 forced fumbles in his three years at Texas A&M.
CONS: There isn't much not to like here, but there are two glaring weaknesses that stand out on tape. Thankfully they can both be corrected with time. Garrett does not give full effort all of the time and it shows regularly. It may be due to fatigue, but either way Garrett will need to play with more passion and effort on every play in the NFL than he did in college or he'll never develop into the dominant force that he should be. In addition to his lack of effort Garrett also too often relied on his athleticism and physical dominance at the college level. He'll need to develop a more diverse repertoire of pass rush moves in the pros.
DRAFT STATUS: Garrett is widely believed to be not only the best pass rusher in the draft, but also the best player overall. It's a virtual certainty that Garrett will be a top 5 pick. In all likelihood Garrett will be gone when the Jaguars draft at four, but stranger things have happened. The 3 teams that draft in front of the Jaguars the Browns, Bears, and Jets are all on the market for a new quarterback, but to think that all three teams would draft a quarterback in the top three when there is no Andrew Luck or Jameis Winston type quarterback prospect (aka truly elite) in this class is hard to imagine.
BUY OR SELL: It's a hard, hard buy. This is one of the best pass rushers to enter the draft in recent memory. If somehow Garrett falls to four then he is the definition of a no brainer. Sure, the Jaguars already have two young pass rushers in Yannick Ngakoue and Dante Fowler, but you can never ever have enough good pass rushers. And Garrett isn't just a good pass rushing prospect - he has the potential to be the best pass rusher in the NFL one day. Garrett, despite playing the same position as both Dante Fowler and Yannick Ngakoue, stands 3'' taller than both players and weighs 25 lbs. more than Ngakoue and 20 more than Fowler. What makes this so impressive? He is far more athletic than either guy and would quickly find himself in the starting lineup. If the Jaguars hope to take the next step on defense then they will need to improve their pass. Again if Garrett somehow falls to the Jaguars at four then they should be hasty to pull the trigger.
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