2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Prospect: Rashan Gary
Ht: 6'5" Wt: 283
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Evaluated by: James Siebers
Rashan Gary arrived in Ann Arbor in 2016 as the top-rated HS prospect on the ESPN 300. Though it may be tough to say that Gary lived up to expectations, he certainly has not disappointed. Gary's tremendous blend of size and athleticism routinely allowed him to make plays over his three years at Michigan. He'll enter the 2019 Draft with the ability to play in a variety of schemes, but projects best as a DL3T or DL5T.
Gary's most appealing trait will be his ability to get after the QB. Gary has excellent first-step quickness with the ability to convert speed-to-power and counter inside. Gary's strong hands, length, and impressive short-area quickness allow him to disengage from blockers in a hurry. At times Gary can struggle to finish consistently, but his exceptional closing burst leads many to believe that he can be an even more productive pass rusher at the next level.
Gary also profiles as an above average defender against the run. He is most successful using his quickness to shoot gaps and make plays in the backfield. Due to his outstanding athleticism, Gary has excellent range and can make plays from sideline to sideline in pursuit. Gary has a tendency to be overaggressive and can take himself out of plays by being too willing to penetrate the backfield. Though he prefers to use his athleticism to get behind the line of scrimmage, Gary projects as a player with enough bulk and play strength to hold up at the point of attack.
Rashan Gary's versatility will make him an appealing prospect in nearly any defensive scheme. Though he projects best as a DL3T or DL5T, Gary's reported 4.57 forty-yard dash in 2017 spring workouts may entice some teams to give him a look as a stand-up EDGE in a 3-4 alignment. Gary lacks experience dropping in coverage and hasn't consistently shown the flexibility to bend the edge, but his combination of size and power make him a unique threat from multiple looks along the front seven.
Gary may not have lived up to the hype as the nation's top recruit, but he racked up 119 tackles, 9.5 sacks, and 23 TFL over his three-year career as a Wolverine. Gary is able to show flashes of pure dominance when his motor is running hot, but inconsistent effort can allow him to disappear for stretches. Gary's production in college will likely land him in RD1, but his untapped potential as a freakish athlete may be what shoots him toward the top of draft boards come April.
NFL player Comparison
Fletcher Cox, Eagles (2012 Draft, RD1, Pick 12)
- Unique blend of size and athleticism
- Excellent first-step quickness with ability to convert speed-to-power
- Outstanding range against the run
- Tremendous versatility
- Still has plenty of potential
- Needs to improve counter moves
- Can improve ability to finish
- Can be too eager to penetrate and get taken out of plays in the run game
- Motor can run hot and cold
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