Finding Broncos: Scouting Stanford OG Joshua Garnett

Next up is a Stanford offensive linemen. Stanford has put some solid offensive linemen in the NFL. Does MHH’s draft expert Erick Trickel think this prospect can follow that path?

http://www.scout.com/player/115894-joshua-garnett?s=101

Combine Results

40-YARD DASH: 5.32 SEC

BENCH PRESS: 30 REPS\

BROAD JUMP: 99.0 INCH

3-CONE DRILL: 7.62 SEC

20-YARD SHUTTLE: 4.64 SEC

Pros

  • Powerful from top to bottom
  • Excellent hand work
  • Best offensive linemen at the point of the attack in the draft
  • Used power to shut down some of the elite power college defensive linemen
  • High football IQ
  • Leader of the team and the offensive line unit
  • When he gets momentum going downhill, any defender in his way gets taken out
  • Hand placement in outstanding
  • Uses his lower body to generate power
  • Uses his upper body in sync with his lower body to move defenders
  • Will generate great push in short yardage situations
  • Angles are excellent
  • Gets to the second level instantly
  • Always looks for blocks when free
  • Wants to finish defenders by putting them on the ground
  • Has the mean and nasty that coaches want
  • Rarely gets beaten off the snap vs run or in pass pro
  • Very aware of what’s going on around him
  • Great at reading blitzers pre snap
  • Will take gap shooting blitzers out of the play
  • Technique, bend and stance are excellent
  • Keeps his blocks centered to his body
  • Rarely lets defenders get his edge

Cons

  • Some athletic limitations, which hinder him when asked to pull
  • Slow when asked to pull
  • Even though his footwork can be great, it is inconsistent and lazy too often
  • Wants to put defenders on the ground so much he forgets to keep his feet underneath him, which makes him off-balance
  • Ducks his head way too often in pass protection
  • Leans too much with the defender off the initial pass rush move, which makes him susceptible to follow up pass rush moves
  • Needs to learn how to properly use his punch to initiate contact
  • Tends to get lazy and relaxed when facing inferior competition

Overall Thoughts

Garnett is the second offensive guard on my board. His athletic limitations hinder him, especially with scheme fit. If going to a power scheme team, Garnett should excel and be a 10-year starter. However, in a zone scheme he may struggle to start, due to his limitations athletically. He comes from a school where they really work with offensive linemen on their technique, which puts him ahead of 95 percent of the other linemen in the class.

There are concerns with him maintaining weight, so whichever team drafts him will have to have their nutritionist work closely with him. With his concerns athletically, there is a concern with his fit with the Denver Broncos. They could make him work, but would have to change some of what they do with their blocking concepts. He is looking like a early second round pick for a power scheme team, but the risk with the Broncos would drop him some.

Broncos Round Projection: Late 2nd-Late 3rd

Where He Goes: Early 2nd

Per sources: A power scheme team is going to fall in love with the kid and rush their card to pick him in the early-mid second round, and they will have an outstanding offensive linemen for 10+ years.

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Erick Trickel in an Analyst for MileHighHuddle. You can find him on Twitter @Alaskan_Bronco. And be sure to like MileHighHuddle on Facebook

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