We continue our tradition of profiling an NFL Draft prospect every day in April, leading up to the NFL Draft on April 23rd. Every day, you’ll get a prospect profile that includes how they would fit with the Kansas City Chiefs.
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23 Days of Draftmas continues with a full writeup from the 2020 KC Draft Guide about a young, promising defensive end from the ACC who fits the criteria of a Steve Spagnuolo defensive end.
Jonathan Garvin, EDGE
6’4” | 263 lbs | Miami
Lake Worth, FL | 7/28/1999
Grade (round): Fourth
Draft Range: Day three
40 time: 4.82
NFL Combine: 36” vertical jump, 125” broad jump, 23 bench reps, Shuttle: 4.82
2019 Stats: 37 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, 2 forced fumbles
Background: Four-star prospect coming out of high school. Early entrant in the NFL Draft. Chose Miami over other major programs like Clemson, Georgia and Oklahoma. Played in seven games as a true freshman, registering two sacks. Recorded 17 tackles for loss in his sophomore year.
Strengths: Garvin is a young prospect with a lot of projectability left; on draft day, he will be just 20 years old. He has an excellent frame that he can continue to build. He had an outstanding showing at the NFL Scouting Combine, helping himself significantly with some quality (and explosive) metrics. While he’s young, he comes with a lot of experience in his three-year college career, appearing in 32 games and starting 24. Garvin plays with some good pop in his hands and is stout at the point of attack. He’s able to disengage from blocks at the line of scrimmage to make plays on ball carriers. He sets a hard edge in the run game, using his length to lock up outside. He has a developing rip move off the edge that has shown growth in the last two seasons and could be a valuable tool as he continues his progression. He has shown the ability to convert speed to power. Play-to-play, Garvin plays with good effort and doesn’t give up once the play has passed him.
Weaknesses: While his athletic profile shows promise and good projectability, Garvin’s get-off at the line of scrimmage does not match what he has put on tape. He does not do enough to threaten a speed rush off the edge. When he does beat tackles outside, he struggles to turn the corner well enough to consistently do anything with it. Garvin doesn’t have much in the way of a reliable toolbox; he’ll have to make improvements to his pass-rush plan. He struggles with eye discipline in the run game — an issue that didn’t get better between his sophomore and junior seasons.
How he fits with the Chiefs: Garvin fits the profile of a Steve Spagnuolo defensive end, making a lot of sense for the team on day three — or even late in day two. His best football is certainly ahead of him; Brendan Daly would do wonders with him. Physically and mentally, there’s still some upside to Garvin, which could make him a good value — and a solid rotational piece for the future.
Player comp: Chris Kelsay
Fit Likelihood: High
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