NAME: Rashan Gary
CONFERENCE: Big Ten
POSITION: Edge Defender
JERSEY: No. 3
RECRUITMENT RATING: 5-star
WT: 281 lbs
Competitive Toughness – Would love to see some added consistency in the motor, had peaks and valleys in pursuit and hustle plays. When motor runs hot, is very difficult to negate and can wreck plays when left unblocked off the backside of the play by design.
Two Gap Ability – Successful stacking of blockers at the line of scrimmage. Understands how to leverage and subsequently discard of blockers at the line of scrimmage. On multiple occasions has pulled blockers off of their base and tossed them as ball is pressed into the line of scrimmage in general vicinity.
Gap Penetration Skills – Featured more on the edge in 2018 before shoulder injury, where first step still shined when left uncontested. Contact balance and ability to push through lateral contact is present, allowing him to press through a late down block or challenge in pass protection.
Tackling – Big hitter courtesy of some impressive closing burst in space to generate momentum. Has generated some awesome finishes at the quarterback. That said, can get caught with feet in the sand if ball carriers have the ability to see a hit coming and put on a move.
Flexibility – Struggles with lateral mobility, specifically when trying to turn the corner as a pass rusher. Does not possess the needed tilt to carry speed through corners if contacted and having to play with leverage simultaneously. Plays with low hips and pads in head up stacks of blocks to play with leverage.
Pass Rush Counters – Still needs to work on adding secondary counters for when initial charge and hand strike is countered or negated by opposition. Too often gets derailed by a first punch and abandons pursuit. Rip/dip combination has brought success when paired with a sudden first step.
First Step Quickness – Impressive burst, particularly for a player of this stature. Has great quickness, a trait that would be best highlighted playing on the interior where penetration is directly in the face of passers. Redirection acceleration and ability to get width is much more modest.
Feet/Change Of Direction – COD in a phone booth is effective, showing power to play through contact after redirecting momentum. Labors in space, however, to peel back against initial charge into the LOS and keep the edge against ball carriers when tested.
Versatility – Should be moved around to highlight his strengths. Can stack up well enough on the edge and has needed athleticism to have success there on early downs. Will need to kick inside to maximize pass rush. Can win with quickness in a penetration system or in more of a gap control scheme.
BEST TRAIT – Hand Technique
WORST TRAIT – Feet/COD
BEST FILM – Ohio State (2017)
WORST FILM – Notre Dame (2018)
RED FLAGS – 2018 Shoulder Injury
Rashan Gary is a versatile defender with the needed abilities to be a disruptive force working from 3T. Gary has the ability to set the edge vs. the run and can be worked on the outside sparingly, although his pass rush skills are best utilized in scenarios that allow him to play with linear angles and with his hips aligned behind his pads to optimize his power and quickness.