- AProjectionRound 1
- Hand9 ⅝
- Arm34 ⅛
Strong Points: Good natural size and he has the frame to get bigger. Long arms. Runs well and very good athlete for his size. Plays with strength and explosion. Good hand use -- does a good job keeping blockers off his body. Can dominate any blocker when he puts his mind to it. Uses speed and power as a pass rusher. Very good run defender -- shows both that he can two-gap and easily take on and shed one-on-one blocks. Capable of playing three positions at the NFL level.
Weak Points: Doesn't play every down with the same intensity level. Takes plays off. Missed three games with a shoulder injury and then skipped the Michigan bowl game. Has some selfish to him.
The Way We See It: Gary has as much talent as any defensive lineman in this draft. His problem is playing with consistent intensity down after down. When he wants to play hard, he is awfully hard to block. He has an abundance of size, strength, power and athleticism. Despite all that talent, there are times when Gary just doesn't show up. Some observers think that he milked a shoulder injury at mid-season and came back a week later than expected. He can fit in any NFL defense, playing left end, 5-tech or 3-tech. Gary will be a high draft choice, but can the team that drafts him trust that he consistently will go all out?
Hub Arkush: Gary is 6-4, 277 pounds, runs a 4.58 40-yard dash and has a 38-inch vertical leap, which is why he was the top-rated high school prospect in the country before committing to Michigan and will be a top-10 pick. He appears to have been created in a lab to be a top edge rusher but played as much inside as outside on the line at Michigan, and there is some question where he will fit in the pros. But he has the body type and athleticism to play anywhere in a '30' or '40' front or stand up and rush off the edge in a 3-4. The big question: Was Gary's lack of big time production in college because of consistent nagging injuries, a lack of commitment or the result double or triple teams on almost every play? There were many moments at Michigan when he was clearly the best player on the field -- just not enough of them.
Best Fit: Cardinals, 49ers, Lions, Packers Dolphins
Red Flags: Inconsistent. Hasn't fought through injuries. Had minimal production for top high school prospect in country. Does he have a true position at the next level?
NFL Comp: Jason Pierre-Paul, Michael Bennett