Rashan Gary calls himself “the best player in the draft”

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Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary wouldn’t talk about starting his own sports agency, even though he wore a shirt promoting Rashan Gary Sports. A representative said the player wants to put all his focus and all his energy into preparing for the NFL Combine and his Pro Day.

Scouts are all over the place on Gary, a supremely talented athlete who likely goes early in the first round despite his lack of production at Michigan. It makes Gary one of the most intriguing prospects in the draft, a high-risk, high-reward player.

“I feel like I’m the best player in the draft, defensively and offensively,” Gary said Wednesday during media day at the Michael Johnson Performance Center. “I’m the best player in the draft.

“The team [that drafts me] is going to get Rashan Gary. I’m a blue-collar worker. Every day, head down, learn the ways of the team, be the best now and be the best for that team and be the best for that state and bring back a Super Bowl wherever I go.”

Dane Brugler, the draft analyst for The Athletic, rates Gary as the third-best edge rusher behind Ohio State’s Nick Bosa and Kentucky’s Josh Allen. But Brugler adds that Gary’s “production and body of work didn’t match the hype [as] eight pass-rushers in the 2019 NFL Draft class had more sacks in 2018 than Gary had his entire career (10.5). He is the poster prospect for the ‘traits over production’ scouting motto with his freakish athletic skill and overall upside.”

Gary expects to answer any lingering questions from scouts during the pre-draft process.

“Any boxes that need to be checked off, I’ll make sure all the boxes will be checked off,” he said.

Gary was asked about his consistency raising questions for NFL teams, and said, “My goal is to be consistent. I want to be great, and I want to be great right now. Every day I step on the field and strap on that helmet, I’m pushing to be great. Nothing less.”

Gary, who injured his right shoulder before last season and missed three games with the injury, made 44 tackles, including seven for loss, with 3.5 sacks in nine games last season.

24 responses to “Rashan Gary calls himself “the best player in the draft”

  1. He’ll be a quality player you can count on plug and play. Pursues well, great lateral speed and quickness for his size, hustles hard and has good work ethic but I don’t think he’s going to be an elite pass rusher in the NFL. He just never showed enough in college to make me believe it.

  2. The production just isn’t there. What’s Gary going to do, suddenly play much better against much better competition?

    It happens, but it is rare. Buyer beware.

  3. nflfollower says:
    February 13, 2019 at 4:02 pm
    He’ll be a quality player you can count on plug and play. Pursues well, great lateral speed and quickness for his size, hustles hard and has good work ethic but I don’t think he’s going to be an elite pass rusher in the NFL. He just never showed enough in college to make me believe it.

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    Fever Dream Scout says he’s ‘quality, dependable, hustles with a good work ethic’ but never saw enough to believe it? Go on

  4. If he’s the best player in the draft why were his numbers mediocre. Usually players of that caliber put up crazy numbers in college. So, he’s either not that good or his effort is poor. He’s a real gamble. If they can somehow motivate him to play with full effort he could be a steal. However, expecting him to play lights out after signing a big contract with lots of guaranteed money is probably delusional. If he’s being drafted on potential he could go high. If he’s being drafted based on production he’s a second-day pick. Guys like this are usually a gamble and usually it doesn’t pay off.

  5. With his self-proclamation, he should go in the last round at the last pick – he is clearly giving us clues as to the trouble he will be on the team and the lack of real talent he will have for the NFL.

  6. Every time I read something about this guy I move him farther down my list, hoping someone else drafts him. I hear he’s starting his own sports agent business. Why doesn’t he just start his own league and have all the cameras to himself. I guess I’m not a big fan of self-promoters. Let your play do your talking.

  7. Oh good Lord. This worries me. I can now easily see the Steelers trading up to get this guy so that he can replace Bud “The Dud” Dupree. And then generate a Dupree like career.

  8. “He is the poster prospect for the ‘traits over production’ scouting motto with his freakish athletic skill and overall upside.”

    In other words, he looks the part even though he can’t play football. Your move, Raiders.

  9. He wasn’t even the best player in the Ohio State game (and Bosa wasn’t playing). He probably was the best Missagain player. I’ll give him that.

  10. He is not going to suddenly producing in the pros. But, he is a quick learner–own sports agency? If he were an honest agent, then he would tell prospect that guy down the street does this full time and I’m just getting started.

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