Photo of Garrett Sickels
Grade
5.25 ?
  • 4.90 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 20 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 28.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 105.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.21 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.41 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 32 1/8" Arm Length
  • 261LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands

Overview

Penn State has had a pipeline into New Jersey for years, and picking up a two-time all-Jersey selection in Sickels was another great recruiting move by the Nittany Lions. As a redshirt freshman, Sickels played in every game as a reserve end and on special teams (11 tackles, three TFL, two sacks). Making the starting lineup in 2015, he contributed 35 tackles, five for loss, three sacks, and led the team with two fumble recoveries. He made a big leap from his sophomore to junior seasons, garnering second-team All-Big Ten honors with 47 tackles and leading PSU with 12.5 tackles for loss and six sacks.

Analysis

Strengths

Led the Big Ten with 43 quarterback pressures. Plays with shoulder turn approaching top of the rush arc. Looks to flip hips around the edge. Uses forward lean to generate momentum around corner and towards the quarterback. Decent athlete in space. Has lateral quickness to slide inside and attack the gap. Active hand fighter. Keeps playing to the whistle and will hustle into tackles down the field. Had one of his best performances of the season against the talented Ohio State offensive line.

Weaknesses

Lacks explosiveness to strike and disengage quickly. Gets glued to blocks for too long. Easily blocked in run game. Power at point of attack is below average. Lacks sand in his pants to drop anchor and own his grass against drive blockers. Gets pinned and sustained by tight ends. Finds himself on the ground too often. Needs to improve hands and angles to counter lack of play strength. Doesn't have long limbs to torque his way around tackles. Generates little speed-to-power.

NFL Comparison

Tyler Starr

Bottom Line

Plays at the same pace throughout the game and finds his way into the backfield with a non-stop forward charge and some rush talent. Sickels' play strength at the point of attack is a big concern and he may be forced into an outside linebacker role in order to keep tackles off of him. Sickels projects as a backup who could eventually find the field in pass rush situations.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.