Just about everyone making mock drafts has Myles Garrett going as the top overall pick to the Cleveland Browns. However, he might not even have the best stats at his position in his own conference as that distinction could very well belong to Tennessee’s Derek Barnett.
Here’s what their stats look like from last season side-by-side:
Barnett: 1 INT, 56 total tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 13 sacks (all against Power-5 teams), two forced fumbles, 5 pass breakups
Garrett: 33 total tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one recovered fumble, one pass breakup
However, one AFC North scout thinks that Barnett will have a tough time transitioning into the NFL and might not even be as great a player as everyone else thinks. He doesn’t think his ridiculous numbers will translate to the next level.
“(Derek) Barnett generates a lot of discussion out on the road. He’s physical and he’s got great production, but some scouts just don’t think he’ll be able to translate those numbers to the pros because he’s not very explosive off the ball. He won’t overpower NFL tackles like he did in college.”
For what it’s worth, 4.5 of Garrett’s sacks against a bad UT-San Antonio team. He will absolutely go first overall, but to say Barnett won’t translate to the next level is pretty ludicrous.
[h/t Saturday Down South]