College: University of Tulsa
Position: Wide Receiver
2015 Stats: 96 Receptions, 1,588 Yards, 8 TD. Led NCAA in receiving yards and ranked 8th in receptions.
Imposing size and large physique. Garrett is quick off the snap and with his explosiveness can easily separate himself from the initial bump and run contact at the line of scrimmage. Due to his lanky arms and tall wingspan, he's perfected the art of catching the ball with his hands away from the body, allowing him to pluck the ball out of midair. Garrett will not burn past defensive backs with speed, but he's found a way to harness his agility and big frame and turn them into big plays.
Case In Point: Garrett hauled in 28 catches of 20-plus yards last season and all eight of his touchdowns went for 30 yards or more.
The biggest knock on Garrett's draft stock is that he played in tiny Tulsa, Oklahoma. An unfair assessment but a cold hard fact in draft war rooms when coaches build their big boards. Put a Sooner jersey on him and he's a surefire first round selection. Garrett proved the size of the school doesn't matter when you raise eyebrows and produce big time results like he did at the NFL Combine in February.
NFL scouts also question Garrett's "limited ability after the catch" and claims that he "rounds too many intermediate and underneath routes".
TCU WR Josh Doctson and Ole Miss' Laquon Treadwell who are predicted to be the first wideouts selected in the draft were also tagged with similar route running and playmaking weaknesses.
It renders the point moot begging a bigger question: What NFL rookie receiver doesn't need work on route running or creating space after the catch?
CBS draft analyst Rob Rang compares Garrett's size and build to Antonio Brown, Brandon Marshall and T.Y. Hilton with similar playmaking skills comparable to former NFL-great Randy Moss.
Crystal balls have him going as high as the third and as low as an undrafted free-agent.
The consensus seems to be the same across the board. Keyarris Garrett, while not ready to make that leap as a dominating receiver in the NFL, is ready to take that next step forward on a team that is willing to maximize his strengths while putting him in game situations to minimize his weaknesses.
Keyarris Garrett will garnish interest early on Day 3. Dallas snags Keyarris Garrett with their second pick in the fourth round in an attempt to alleviate pressure from Dez Bryant while giving the aging Tony Romo a second big target to run the intermediate routes.