After three preseason games, the Cleveland Browns should have no regrets about taking Myles Garrett with the first pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
The 6-foot-4, 272-pound defensive end has wreaked havoc on opposing offenses with his terrifying blend of speed and power. During the Browns' most recent game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Garrett totaled three hurries and a QB hit while torching anyone tasked with blocking him one-on-one.
Garrett's brute strength and explosive first step are outrageous, but it's his ability to "bend" that might be most indicative of future NFL success. "Bend," when used to refer to a pass rusher, refers to the ability of a player to get underneath and around a blocker while simultaneously curving toward the quarterback's "spot." The QB's spot is where he intends to survey the field from after he takes his drop. If you can get to said spot quickly, that's guaranteed pressure on the quarterback. Von Miller has the most impressive bend in the NFL, but Garrett isn't far behind. Check this clip out:
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That's supernatural body control and flexibility for an athlete of Garrett's size.
To work on his bend, Garrett performs the Body Control Tennis Ball Drill. Shown in the video player above (or the link here), the drill requires Garrett to bend down and pick up a tennis ball off the turf while turning the corner toward an imaginary quarterback. The fluidity Garrett displays during the drill is breathtaking."I'm trying to master my athleticism," Garrett told STACK. "I never know how great I can really be if I don't attack every single drill as hard as I can."
If you're a player looking to improve your pass-rushing prowess, you'd be wise to add the Body Control Tennis Ball drill to your repertoire.
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