Rashan Gary was the No. 1 high school recruit in the class of 2016.
As a true freshman for the Michigan Wolverines last season, Gary totaled 23 tackles and 5 tackles for loss in limited playing time. With a number of last year’s starters either graduating or heading to the NFL, Gary is poised to have a monster 2017 season.
RELATED: Why Auburn DT Montravius Adams Could Be The NFL’s Next Dwight Freeney
For a 6-foot-5, 287-pound defensive lineman, Gary is unbelievably athletic. At Michigan’s recent “Spring Combine,” he posted some startling numbers. Perhaps most impressive were his 4.57 40-Yard Dash and 6.70 L-Drill time.
At the 2017 NFL Combine, only one defensive lineman ran better than a 4.57 40. That was Temple’s Haason Reddick, who weighs 50 pounds less than Gary. His L-Drill time was even more absurd. It would’ve tied for seventh-best among all players at the 2017 NFL Combine. Guys pushing three bills aren’t supposed to be that nimble.
Are college “combine” numbers as reliable as the data collected at the NFL Combine or a Pro Day? Probably not, but the fact that Gary was timed faster than all of Michigan’s returning linebackers and running backs tells you he is truly something special.
Photo Credit: Icon Sportswire/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images