By: Brandon Gubitosa
You ever start reading about a prospect and have to do a second-glance to make sure you read it right? Division II Defensive End Chris Garrett has put up video game like numbers for the Golden Bears. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound sack machine out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin will be the steal of the 2021 NFL Draft.
In just three seasons Garrett set a NCAA Division II record for career forced fumbles with 15, and currently ranks third in Division II history with 1.3 sacks per game. Garrett amounted 16.5 sacks his sophomore season and followed that up with 14 sacks in 2019.
He enters his senior season with 36.5 sacks through 28 games. In a game against MSU Moorhead last season, Garrett sacked the opposing signal caller 5 times, finishing the game with 11 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 3 forced fumbles.
Throughout his time at Concordia, the game changing defensive player has 166 total tackles with 48.5 tackles for loss, 18 quarterback hits, 36.5 sacks for 251 yards lost and 15 forced fumbles. He has been named a First-Team All-American by just about anyone that covers Division II football, most notably by the Associated Press in 2018 and 2019.
Kyle Dugger in 2020 proved that if you have the talent it doesn’t matter where you play, they will find you. I find this to be the case coming up for Garrett this season, as a pass rusher like him is hard to come by these days.
Chris Garrett is a sleeper prospect. Much like Kyle Dugger in the 2020 NFL Draft, Garrett is a physical freak of an athlete. He has a knack of getting to the quarterback. The kid knows how to go for the ball, that is something you have to teach kids, he is always looking for the ball. He has good size and speed off the edge, and is disruptive to opposing quarterbacks. – Damond Talbot, NFL Draft Diamonds owner
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