2017 NFL DRAFT

Keyarris Garrett, WR

School: Tulsa  |  Conference: AAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Daingerfield, TX
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 220 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
116153-4

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.402.701.6214 36 1/210'8"4.337.30

Player Overview

The year 2015 was a great one to be a wide receiver from Texas. Baylor's Corey Coleman won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's best at the position by scoring an eye-popping 20 touchdowns. TCU's Josh Doctson, also an All-American, was one of just two receivers to beat Coleman's 113.6 receiving yards per game (120.6) - the "other" being the native Texan, Garrett, whose explosive combination of size and speed helped the Golden Hurricane receiver rip through the American Athletic Conference to the tune of 122.2 yard average over 13 games.

After a breakout 2012 season in which he earned Second All-Team All-Conference USA honors as a true sophomore with nine touchdown receptions, it appeared that Garrett was well on his way to superstardom. Instead, his 2013 campaign was ruined by a compound fracture suffered in the second game of the year (Colorado State), which required season-ending surgery and Garrett didn't look like the same player a year later, posting relatively pedestrian numbers (47 receptions for 698 yards and five scores) while missing another two games due to injury.

While Garrett didn't face the same caliber of competition in the AAC as some of this year's more recognizable names at receiver, it is worth noting that some of the more physically dominating pass-catchers in the NFL - like Antonio Brown (Central Michigan), Brandon Marshall (Central Florida) and T.Y. Hilton (Florida International) - came from relatively small school backgrounds.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Boasts an imposing frame with broad shoulders, a tapered middle and long limbs. For a receiver of his size, Garrett shows impressive initial quickness off the snap, rolling off the line and generating good speed as a classic deep threat. He uses his long strides well to separate vertically in his routes with the long arms to attack the ball at its highest point. Garrett is a physical mismatch over most cornerbacks, simply using his height and body control to "post-up" opponents. Understands how to use his body to shield defenders on quick slants and has sticky hands to make contested grabs look easy. He's developed into an effective route-runner, showing impressive balance to drop his hips, as well as burst to come back to the ball, generating separation from corners cognizant of his speed. Garrett uses quick hands and flexibility to dip past corners attempting to press him at the line of scrimmage and is a reliable hands-catcher, plucking passes away from his frame. Garrett tracks the ball well, showing excellent hand-eye coordination and timing on his leaps to win jump ball situations, coming down with memorable Hail-Mary touchdowns against Oklahoma and Memphis in 2015.

WEAKNESSES: Like most receivers of his height, Garrett is a classic long-strider who has to build up to top speed. His production in 2015 was inflated as he operated out of a spread offense and often lined up behind another receiver to help Garrett gain a free release. Ran a limited route tree against mostly inferior competition. Has struggled with various injuries over his career, including this year's East-West Shrine Game with a foot injury. Has been a big fish in a small pond over his career and shows some immaturity in his play.

IN OUR VIEW: With a combination of height, strong hands and the speed to streak away from opponents, there were moments in 2015 in which Garrett brought back memories of a young Randy Moss. While he possesses the talent to warrant early round consideration, Garrett remains quite raw and may need a strong supporting staff and patience to maximize his potential.

--Rob Rang (@robrang) (2/16/16)

 
 
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12/08/2015 - 2015 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR Keyarris Garrett, Tulsa, Sr.,...The University of Tulsa senior receiver Keyarris Garrett was a unanimous selection to the American Athletic Conference first team as voted on by the league's coaches. The 6'4" Garrett, from Daingerfield High School in Daingerfield, Texas, leads the nation in receiving yards with 1,451 yards and seven touchdowns on 88 receptions, and is second nationally for receiving yards per game with 120.9 yards.

Garrett has had six 100+ receiving games this year, including two games with over 200 yards. He had a career-best 268 yards and three TDs on 14 receptions against #16 Navy, and totaled 216 yards and one TD on 10 catches in Tulsa's 45-34 win over Tulane last Friday to make the Golden Hurricane bowl eligible. Garrett also had 189 yards receiving and one touchdown on 14 receptions against #16 Oklahoma earlier in the season. - Tulsa Football

 

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