Chase Goodbread of NFL.com compiled a list of the 16 most freakish athletes in college football heading into the 2016 season, and one quarter of his list features a player from the SEC–two of which are in the top three players on this list.
Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, predictably, was the No. 1 player on his list. Goodbread’s analysis of Garrett’s freakish athleticism at 6-foot-5 puts him in the same buzz as former South Carolina Star Jadaveon Clowney:
Is there a bigger man in college football who can break 4.5 in the 40-yard dash? Prior to last season, Garrett reportedly did just that, along with a 38 1/2-inch vertical jump and a broad jump of 129 1/2 inches. Whether the Aggies star is draft-eligible in 2017 or 2018, his athleticism and combine testing as a defensive end will generate a scouting buzz on a level with 2014 No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney.
At No. 3 was LSU running back Leonard Fournette, who, like Garrett, enters his junior season with warranted fan fare. How great was Fournette in just his two years in Baton Rouge? According to Goodbread, “If Fournette eclipses his freshman season total of 1,034 yards this fall, he’ll have posted three of LSU’s top 15 rushing seasons ever in his first three years at the school.”
The rest of the list includes Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd at No. 7, Florida State’s Derwin James at No. 8 and Mississippi State’s Brandon Bryant at No. 11.
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