3. Rashan Gary, Michigan (DT)
6-4, 277: Absolutely all the tools are there to be devastating in any scheme. He can be a too-quick tackle, a big end, or anything in between – he might just be the team’s most talented lineman right out of the gate.
So why wasn’t he a whole lot better at Michigan?
The superstar of superstar recruits for the Wolverines in 2016, he was good – with 119 tackles with 9.5 sacks and 23 tackles for loss – but he didn’t take over games like a player with his skills could’ve and should’ve.
There’s no denying the talent. He ran a sub-4.6 40, he’s ultra-explosive, and he might just be scratching the surface. There’s a chance he fits the cliché that he’ll be a better pro than a college player.
The tools are just too good to ignore. Even in what might be an all-timer draft for defensive linemen, he stands out with enough upside to think he could turn into a transcendent talent who explodes into an unstoppable disruptive force.
But it would’ve been nice if he could’ve done that on a regular basis in Ann Arbor.
Projected Round: Top Ten Overall
Real Value: First