EDGE Myles Garrett
6’4” 272#, with unusually long arms.
Lined up at RDE for the Aggies in a 4 point stance on early downs, and a 2 point stance on some passing downs where TAMU showed blitz. Occasionally inside.
- Quick off the ball, usually the first man moving.
- Stays low into blocker. Fantastic pad level.
- Gets a lot of push when he wants to keep tackles in front of him. Lots of lower body strength.
- Equally proficient at winning inside and outside.
- Heavy-handed, staves blockers off his frame as he knifes into the backfield.
- Strong run defender. Doesn’t get sealed off, tied up the double teams that SEC competition often dedicated to him with his quickness.
- Doesn’t end up on the ground much. Handles cut blocks well.
- Isn’t active with his hands. Lets himself get caught by tackles. Doesn’t fight to get off blocks.
- Tight-hipped by the standards of elite defensive end prospects. Stiffer than, say, Ezekiel Ansah or Khalil Mack. Screaming around the edge is not likely to be his strong suit. He’s “good enough” in that area.
- Needs to develop a counter move that complements his power-based game better than the spin move.
Garrett might not fulfill the “next big thing” expectations that have been bestowed upon him by the NFL media, but it’s hard to watch him play without concluding that he is the most valuable prospect in the nation. In the NFL, he should move around the line often. Asking him to rush from right end over and over is a waste of his skill set. I do wish he’d use his hands with more ferocity. He reminds me a bit of onetime first overall pick Mario Williams. A similar career arc would not surprise me.
EDGE Daeshon Hall
6’5” 266#, with unusually long arms. Has filling out left.
Lined up at LDE for the Aggies, both in 4 point stance and standing up. Had the odd coverage responsibilities. Was a LB early in his career but gained a lot of weight and moved to the DL.
- Plays with a wide base, and with very good pad level.
- Was a linebacker before he started bulking up, and his experience at linebacker shows. Very good tackler in space for a defensive lineman.
- Has the “bend” to turn a small window into an angle towards the quarterback. Light on his feet. Outstanding athlete with both power and agility.
- Has a closing gear in space, can chase plays down from the backside, or close in on a quarterback really fast if he gets an angle.
- Flashes the ability to split double teams. Uses his long arms effectively to keep blockers out of his frame.
- Shows a swim move a few times and has success with it. Not sure why we didn’t see it more often.
- Has some functional upper body strength, showed the ability to rock back offensive tackles with his initial punch.
- Aggressively attacks half his man, will have to play under control better on early downs.
- Lacks strength. Can hold his ground with pad level when blockers are in front of him, but when he isn’t moving forwards and he can’t dig his heels in, he gets sealed off consistently.
- Average snap anticipation. Doesn’t jump the snap count often. Rarely the first man moving (although being on the same line as Garrett makes it hard).
- On the ground often. Struggles with cut blocks, and his reliance on playing low exposes him to losing his balance.
- Did not face double teams, as a courtesy of having the most feared pass rusher in the nation across from him.
- Probably doesn’t matter since he won’t in the NFL either, but worth noting.
Based on his background and profile in the draft media, I was expecting Hall to look like a project or a workout warrior who has no football smarts. But it looks like he can really play. Hall is a traditional RDE in the mold of Chandler Jones and Ezekiel Ansah. His game is surprisingly mature and his frame looks like it should support solid strength gains in the NFL. Expect to hear his name a lot more as the draft approaches.