Randy Moss. We need a player like Randy Moss. A guy who can stretch the field. That has been the running theme from Patriots fans for years. It is not something I necessarily agree with given the Patriots current offense and the types of throws Brady has success with. Brady to Moss was a beautiful thing to watch. Two future Hall of Fame players making it look so easy and effortless. That was a long time ago. Moss is not coming back through that door and besides those two years with Moss, Brady has never really been a good deep ball passer. However, I can appreciate the idea of having a guy who can go deep as long as that is not his only role. Could Keyarris Garrett be that guy?
Name: Keyarris Garrett (#1)
Height: 6’4″ (unofficial)
Weight: 221 Lbs. (unofficial)
Garrett has an intriguing combination of height, weight, and speed. He has a strong upper body with long arms and strong hands. Garrett uses great body control and size to shield off defenders and high point the ball. He has better than advertised footwork, doing a nice job of varying his steps to throw defenders off. He uses his long legs to get downfield quickly and does a nice job tracking the ball to make tough over the shoulder catches look routine. Garrett is crisp in his cuts and showed that he is a good route runner, even though his route tree was limited. Garrett uses his body well to give his Quarterback a large target. His long arms and soft hands create a large catch radius and he attacks the ball with his hands.
Garrett saw very limited action against good competition. He also played in an offense that limited his responsibilities as a route runner and catered to a wide open offense. While Garrett does possess long speed, it does take time for him to build up to that speed. He is not overly physical after the catch and can be taken to the ground fairly easy. Garrett struggled with physical corners at the line of scrimmage and needs to learn to play stronger at the snap. Garrett has also dealt with injuries over his career and those will need to be looked at.
Since Randy Moss left the Patriots, fans have wanted a big, tall, and fast receiver to stretch the defense. If you are one of those fans, then Garrett should be high on your list. He uses his long strides to effortlessly get by defenders and he does a nice job of tracking the ball, using his big frame to “box out” defender, and catching the ball with naturally with his hands. He may have some growing pains going up against more physical players in the NFL, but he can have an impact as a deep threat right away. He will need to add to his route tree to become a more complete receiver, but he showed in college he has ability to set up defenders and make quick cuts to come back for the ball. Overall, I think he could have a minor role as a rookie and with some development, expand his role. He has the raw physical tools to be an impact player, he just needs time to develop his game. I think in the Patriots offense his growth could be stunted a bit with the style of offense they run, but Garrett has intriguing measurables and upside and would be a nice value early on Day 3 of the draft.
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