Training Myles Garrett: A Freakish Phenom

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.

A Student-Journalist’s Perspective: Behind The Scenes At Football’s Premier Scouting Event

A Student-Journalist’s Perspective: Behind The Scenes At Football’s Premier Scouting Event

By: Austin Krueger

Since I became a fan of the National Football League, attending football’s premier scouting event has topped my bucket list of events. Like many, my hopes of playing at the pro level have come and gone, but this past week, Eastbay provided me with the opportunity to realize a childhood dream.

Eastbay invited me to be a guest blogger representing them at the event, where I was given the opportunity to meet a plethora of college athletes and pick their brains about their personalities, college, and the goals they hope to achieve at the next level.

Despite not being able to post the fastest 40-yard dash time, the behind-the-scenes interaction I experienced with the Eastbay crew, the athletes, and my fellow guest blogger is what made the trip a success for me.

I came prepared with a long list of athletes I hoped to talk to, but, being Wisconsin born and raised, I was most intrigued by the Wisconsin players. In the midst of my excitement at noticing highly sought-after players walk into the Eastbay suite, I was most enthused when Ryan Ramczyk, Corey Clement, and Sojourn Shelton walked in for interviews.

Ramczyk, who started his football career at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP), was a former teammate of mine during his short stint with the UWSP football team. Ryan exploded onto the scene when he was given the opportunity to start for the Badgers and wasted no time becoming nationally recognized as a top offensive tackle entering the draft in only his first season starting at the Division I level.

Climbing the ladder in divisions is no easy task for any player, but Ramczyk believes the similar practice structure at Point and Madison was a major help in transitioning to the higher level. On the other hand, Ramczyk also noted that everything else essentially changed.

Meet Football’s Future: Step Inside The Biggest Scouting Event Of The Year

Meet Football’s Future: Step Inside The Biggest Scouting Event Of The Year

This is the week where workout legends are made and pro football draft stocks skyrocket. And as you tune in to all the action at Indy this year, make sure to follow along with Eastbay. We’ll be live on the scene talking to 2017’s top prospects.

Here’s what we’ll be up to:

Live Social Media

Our Twitter (@Eastbay), Instagram (@OfficialEastbay), and Snapchat (@OfficialEastbay) channels will be buzzing all week long with behind-the-scenes content from the athletes making headlines. Follow us, keep checking for new posts, and interact with us to get the full VIP experience.

Feature Athlete Stories

As this year’s biggest names cycle through our headquarters, we’ll sit down for a chat. From their training routines to their favorite college stories, we’ll uncover what makes them unique and why you should be excited when your team calls their name on draft day. Visit blog.eastbay.com regularly to go in-depth with football’s future stars.

Guest Bloggers

This year, Eastbay will be bringing along a couple of guests, Joseph Potts and Austin Krueger.

Joseph is the director of sports performance training at TopSpeed Strength & Conditioning. He has worked with several NFL, NBA, and MLB players and is looking to clear up a lot of training myths while in Indy. “I’ve trained athletes for pro days and events like this, and there’s so much misinformation out there regarding testing methods,” Joseph said. “I will be able to get a first-hand view of the workouts. It’ll be a great source of information and will help coaches tailor training programs more efficiently for their athletes in the future.”