Training Myles Garrett: A Freakish Phenom

By: Travelle Gaines

Former Texas A&M defensive lineman Myles Garrett is poised to be the first pick taken in this year’s NFL Draft. To many, that comes as no surprise — but if you don’t know then maybe you haven’t seen this kid play, or maybe you haven’t checked out his stats from the NFL Combine.

At 6’4” and 272 pounds, Garrett runs like a fox (4.64 40 time), and absolutely jumps out the gym (41.0 in vertical). His freakish talents jump off the page but his playmaking ability is off the charts. His rare combination of raw talent, speed,  and explosive power has allowed him to dominate the opposition during his 3 year reign in College Station. Amassing over 30 sacks in his college career, he also showed how dynamic of a player he is by recording over 80 solo tackles with 47 of them being for losses behind the backfield.

Below are some questions I have been asked about my work prepping Garrett for the NFL:

What is it like training the potential number 1 Draft Pick?
Training him was a challenge because at a time where these athletes are heavily criticized, any mistake could harm their draft stock. We definitely had to make a continuous effort to make sure every rep, movement, exercise was sharp and consistent.

What was your approach with Garrett?
Working with Myles, It’s an amazing experience. Guys like him are rare, but training him challenges you and brings the best out of you as a coach. It challenges your coaching abilities and your approach, because you constantly have to come up with different ways to get him better with his unique raw talent on top of his impeccable work ethic. He really made this job easy for me during this process and was very open and eager to get better each day.

What was his routine like?

Outside of preparing for the combine-specific drills, our routine was really simple and detailed based. Outside of his raw physical skill-set there were a lot of small things that we worked on such as balance, flexibility, and creating consistent movements that will help him excel at the next level. At A&M he was simply better than everyone, but at the next level things won’t come so easy to him. So there were a lot of things implemented to help him gain a competitive advantage as he moves forward.

With good reason, Garrett is being compared to the likes of Jadeveon Clowney or Mario Williams. Both were top draft picks and play the same position, with a similar combination of size, speed, explosiveness and dynamic playmaking abilities. There is no question that Garrett has the skill set needed to have his named called first on draft day.

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