Haskell Garrett NFL Draft Overview
Position: Interior Defensive Line
Weight: 300 pounds
School: Ohio State
Haskell Garrett 2022 NFL Draft Profile
Perhaps the only 2022 NFL Draft prospect to say that he’s been shot in the face and has lived to tell the tale, Haskell Garrett looks to continue his football career at the next level. At Ohio State, Garrett was primarily a rotational piece for the first few years. He decided to come back in 2021 and ended up hurting his draft stock despite putting up career-best numbers. If he had come out in 2021, there were talks of first-round hype.
In 10 games, Garrett amassed 22 tackles, seven for loss, 5.5 sacks, and recovered a pair of fumbles. The highlight of his redshirt-senior year was his first-ever touchdown in Ohio State’s thorough destruction of Michigan State. He made his presence known often, despite not having the production. He’s a big 3T body who will be able to one-gap in the right scheme. Ohio State’s defense was ridiculously bad, but Garrett was able to influence the pocket of opposing quarterbacks with a quick get-off and good athleticism.
Garrett’s Ohio State career was not as historic or decorated as there have been in the past. However, he has a relatively high ceiling and will impress once drafted.
- Quick first step;
- Can beat guards with elite hands;
- Excellent pad level, ability to change directions;
- Keeps feet moving;
- High football IQ, can diagnose from the inside;
- Can effectively “get skinny” to cut through blocks;
- Heavy hands that can knock back blockers;
- Extremely high motor.
- Weaker bull rush;
- Is often neutralized when double-teamed;
- Can tend to latch onto blockers;
- Has been turned away from and taken out of plays;
- Short arms;
- Gets blown off the ball in the run.
NFL Comparison: Larry Ogunjobi
Projection: 4th round
Bottom Line on Haskell Garrett
NFL teams love versatility and leadership. At Ohio State, Garrett embodied both qualities. He played anywhere from Nose to 3T to 5T. He’s even been used on special teams. For the 2021 season, Garrett was named captain and has been a leader on the defense for the past two years. He is the kind of player who will be able to walk into camp and impress, both with his maturity and playing abilities.
To start, Garrett will prove as a solid rotational piece as a 3T. While he has experience in other defensive line positions, he does not have the size or strength to be nose nor the quickness to be a 5T. Garrett has shown an ability to wreck both passing and running plays by getting penetration. That said, it was inconsistent. As a whole, Garrett has a higher ceiling than one would think of a fourth-round interior defender. In time, he will need to work on not getting overpowered at the point of attack.
Garrett has displayed good body control and bend to get through blockers, all while having less-than-ideal lower body strength. His pass-rushing repertoire is currently confined to finesse moves. Garrett is not currently projected as a go-to starter on the defensive line. However, with a few seasons as a rotational piece, he could be given a shot and develop into a serviceable defensive tackle.
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