The Houston Texans have met with Penn State defensive lineman Garrett Sickels at the NFL Combine. Sickles played defensive end but expects to have some versatile to make the transition to an outside linebacker for 3-4 defensive schemes.
"I’m a guy who loves to work, gets after it on the pass rush, loves to push his teammates. I just want to show them I’m ready to work hard, ready to learn a new scheme." Sickels said the the NFL Combine. "A guy that’s natural with his hands, I think I’m a natural hand fighter. When I’m rushing I think have some good bend, I think I have some natural ability and can learn to combine that with an NFL scheme and system. I’m a guy that holds everyone accountable as I hold myself accountable to be 1/11th of the defense."
At Penn State Sickels played three seasons for the Nitanny Lions and had a standout season in 2016 which led to him to declare for the draft after his junior season. Appearing in all 14 games with 12 starts with 47 total tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks
The biggest question is if Sickels can make the transition to a stand up player.
"A lot of teams talk to me about being an outside backer, you know, playing the edge, rushing, dropping in coverage, stuff like that." Sickels said of his early discussions with teams. "Calling out plays, if it’s something I’ll be comfortable doing. I tell them I think I can do it. I just said to coaches I’m confident picking stuff up, they obviously quiz you and stuff like that and I thought it went well."
Sickels was part of Bill O’Brien’s 2013 recruiting class when he was the head coach for two seasons for the Nitanny Lions. There have been with discussions with the Texans but he has not personally met with O'Brien at the NFL Combine.
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