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Packers Grab Michigan DE Rashan Gary with the 12th Pick in the NFL Draft

The Packers went defense in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, taking Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary with the 12th overall pick.

And a scouting report on Gary

Strengths:

Freak athlete
Fast edge rusher
Ideal size
Excellent combination of height, weight, length, speed and athleticism
Fast off the edge
Very good in pursuit
Speed to power rusher
Pursuit run defense
Good play recognition
Ability to redirect
Closing speed
Burst to get upfield
Has strength
Strong to get off blocks
Active hands
Uses hands and feet at the same time
Versatile to play a variety of techniques
Fits a 3-4 or 4-3 defense
Huge upside; best football is ahead of him

Weaknesses:

Lack of production in college
Can be more disruptive than productive
Shoulder injury from junior year
Was streaky at times
Could use more pass-rushing moves for the NFL

Summary: Coming out of high school in New Jersey, Gary was one of the top recruits in the nation and some recruiting outlets had him as the No. 1 player in the country. He was a huge signing for Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines. While Michigan had some good talent returning on its defensive line, the true freshman Gary was able to earn some playing time and chipped in 27 tackles with one sack. As a sophomore, Gary broke into the starting lineup and had a quality debut in his first year of extended playing time. As the season progressed, Gary showed improvement and ended the season with an impressive performance against rival Ohio State. He totaled 56 tackles with nine tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 2017.

In 2018, Gary totaled 43 tackles with 7.5 for a loss and 3.5 sacks. He missed three games with an AC shoulder joint sprain and sat out Michigan’s bowl game. At the combine, Gary had a fabulous workout, showing off his freakish combination of size and speed. A 6-foot-4, 277-pound defensive lineman running a 4.58-second 40-yard dash is incredible, and that time was faster than a lot of the top running back prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft. Along with running fast, Gary showed his quickness and athleticism in the field work.

Gary has the potential to be a dangerous edge rusher against the pass. He is surprisingly fast for a big defensive end and is able to bend and dip underneath blockers, with rare speed to close on the quarterback. Sometimes, Gary has a delayed reaction in getting started, but he has tremendous speed to dart by tackles and achieve penetration. He has a serious burst to get upfield and can eat up space in a hurry. Along with his speed, Gary has quality size to him with the strength to get off blocks. Gary has active hands and is able to use them at the same time as his feet. He does well using his speed to get upfield, chops the tackles’ hands off of him, and then bolts around the corner to pressure the quarterback. Gary needs to develop more pass-rushing moves for the NFL. It would be good to see him add more rip, club and swim moves.


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