Many observers expect Myles Garrett, Texas A&M’s 6-foot-4, 272 pound terror of an edge rusher, to be the first player taken off the board at the 2017 NFL Draft. Even if the Cleveland Browns choose to pass on him with their no. 1 pick, he’ll quickly be snatched up by another team in the top five. Rarely do we have a consensus “best player in the draft” athlete, but Garrett appears to be that guy for 2017.
Although there are legitimate questions about both his play-to-play effort and his ability to stay with his gap assignment on running plays, what’s not in question is his strength. Garrett proved that by hitting 33 reps of 225 pounds on the Bench Press during his workout at the NFL Combine, second most of any defensive lineman.
Garrett goes through his reps so smoothly, it looks like he’s lifting 40 pounds. He is an underrated bull rusher, and when you watch him throw around 225 pounds like it’s nothing, it’s not hard to understand why. Garrett will certainly have work to do to become the polished pass rusher teams hope he can be to change the fortunes of their franchise, but his athleticism and strength are awe-inspiring.
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