Our analysts are constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. Each day this week, we'll share some of what NFL and college folks are discussing in their circles when it comes to five of the game's top prospects. We'll conclude today with Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett.
NFL Media analyst and former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah takes a "first look" at college football's top players for 2016.
- Michigan TE Jake Butt
- Miami QB Brad Kaaya
- Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine
- Alabama OT Cam Robinson
- LSU S Jamal Adams
- Michigan DB Jabrill Peppers
- Ohio State LB Raekwon McMillan
- USC CB Adoree' Jackson
- Missouri DE Charles Harris
- Alabama TE O.J. Howard
- Florida CB Jalen Tabor
- Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly
- Alabama OLB Tim Williams
- FSU RB Dalvin Cook
- USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster
- Alabama DL Jonathan Allen
- Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey
- Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett
- LSU RB Leonard Fournette
- Clemson QB Deshaun Watson
The scoop: "I've had a chance to interact with him a little bit and I really like the person as much as the player. He loves the 1970s, which is when I came up, so I like seeing him wear the natural and the sideburns. I don't worry about 'checking the boxes' or whatever it is you guys say. He's a stud. He gets to the quarterback and will be an All-Pro. He's Khalil Mack to me." -- NFC executive
The skinny: Yeah, but he does check all the boxes. We had to mention that. Aside from the reminiscing about the 1970s, the comparison to Mack is an interesting one. Garrett has been compared to former Texas A&M first-rounder (and Super Bowl 50 MVP) Von Miller in the past, but he's bigger than Miller was coming out and many believe Garrett is stronger. Both Mack and Miller came into the league and began to impose their pass-rushing will early on, which is what scouts believe Garrett will do when he moves on to the next level.
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The scoop: "Myles Garrett is a better version of Robert Quinn." -- NFC executive
The skinny: We can see the comp to Quinn, a two-time Pro Bowler for the Rams, from an athletic standpoint. They're both very gifted. Garrett might be a little more polished at this point in his development than Quinn was when he was at that stage.
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The scoop: "As a freshman, he got plenty of sacks, but he was also flurried against some of the average competition. Last season, I saw growth in his game, and in his strength, with no loss of quickness or speed off the edge. And, he gave the best OTs he played against fits -- Cam Robinson from Alabama to name one. The name of the game of defensive football is 'sic 'em' and he does it very well." -- NFC South scout
The skinny: Indeed he does. Garrett has amassed 24 sacks over two seasons for the Aggies, and he's setting his sights higher heading into 2016. His goals? Recording 20 sacks this year and being the No. 1 pick in the draft. He's a dominant player, although he does have room to improve, as our Daniel Jeremiah points out, particularly in the area of shedding blocks when he doesn't win against a blocker at the start of a play.
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The scoop: "He's a 4-3 (scheme) guy. He can beat tackles over and over with speed and quickness. You don't always see consistent speed-to-power transition with guys like that, because the speed is all he needs. That doesn't mean the power isn't there, it just means he'll need to play through blockers more at the next level than he does now. When you're facing one of the top 32 left tackles in the world, athleticism can get neutralized."-- NFC West scout
The skinny: There is no question that Garrett's explosive first step and upfield quickness have been his primary advantage. If scouts are looking for more power from Garrett's game this fall, three offensive tackles on the TAMU schedule figure to be Garrett's best chances to show it: UCLA's Conor McDermott (Sept. 3), Arkansas' Dan Skipper (Sept. 24) and Alabama's Cam Robinson (Oct. 22).
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