Cale Garrett LB, Missouri
Cale Garrett is such a confusing prospect for me. On one hand, had 217 tackles, 16.5 TFLs, 4 sacks, and 2 INTs from 2017-2018 and he has some tantalizing athletic qualities including a 6.91 3-cone, a 4.13 short shuttle, a broad jump of over 10 feet, and a good 10-yard split (1.65).
On the field, he looks like his feet are in molasses at times and he really can only be a two-down backer in the NFL when you look at how he defends the pass.
So why is he on this list? Well, when you watch him the first thing that instantly becomes clear is that he wins presnap. He diagnoses the formation and figures out where the ball is most likely to go, then after holding for half a second to read his keys, he shoots his shot and is full speed to the ball.
Instincts and decision making like his are hard to ignore, and while he doesn’t have that electric athleticism like David Long, he is a guy that rarely misses and sometimes even pushes his own players into the right position to make a play.
There isn’t anywhere for him to start or even rotate in, but Titans fans saw last year just how important depth can be. Just look at David Long who played 87 snaps in the postseason including 39% of the snaps vs the New England Patriots and 49% of the snaps vs the Baltimore Ravens.
Having someone like Garrett who might not make all of the plays, but who will very rarely make a big mistake and who is a solid tackler, is worth a roster spot.