PROS: Long and smooth. Like the fluidity in three first three steps of his rush to set things up. Has the flexibility to work around the outside hip of offensive tackles. Does well to work to the edges of blockers and establish a half-man relationship. Has good closing burst and he can close down distances fairly rapidly. Generally does a good job using his length, winning with first contact and keeping his pads clean. Young prospect that doesn’t appear maxed out physically. Wouldn’t call him stout at the point of attack but he has the power to exchange and there are impressive moments of him squeezing gaps and crashing from the backside.
CONS: Needs to get dedicated to the weight room and increase his functional strength which should result in better contact balance. Secondary pass rush moves need development as well as timing to deploy counters. Motor isn’t always cranked and there are plenty of reps where he is going through the motions. Responses can be delayed despite proper reads. Has to play faster.
BEST TRAIT - Size, Fluidity
WORST TRAIT - Play Strength, Motor
RED FLAGS - None
Miami defensive end Jonathan Garvin has some high-level flashes on tape that reveal an exciting skill set but they are too often marred by lackadaisical effort which reveals issues with play strength, urgency and contact balance. Garvin is a younger prospect that is far from maxed out physically which indicates there is plenty of room for him to develop. Garvin is a high-end developmental EDGE prospect that has a considerable ceiling if/when the switch flips. There aren’t any notable physical restrictions present, Garvin has to get stronger, play faster and become consistent.