The 2020 college football season was beset with uncertainty for all concerned. However, for 2022 NFL Draft prospect Haskell Garrett, that uncertainty extended far beyond the reaches of the global situation and the potential for fall football. Having been shot in the face one late summer evening, it’s a miracle that the Ohio State DT made it back to the field ever again. Not only did Garrett make it back, his scouting report indicates that he’ll suit up for the Buckeyes this fall as one of the top defensive tackles in the nation.
Haskell Garrett NFL Draft Profile
- Position: Defensive Tackle
- School: Ohio State
- Current Year: Graduate Senior
- Height: 6’2″
- Weight: 300 pounds
Haskell Garrett Scouting Report
Although Garrett may not have a statistically stellar career as a DT for Ohio State, his scouting report reveals some alluring traits.
The graduate-senior defensive tackle offers some impressive athletic ability. The 300-pound interior lineman has an excellent first step, possessing explosiveness beyond his size. Combined with solid lateral agility, Garrett’s athletic ability allows him to be a dangerous gap penetrator. He displays good examples of clean footwork and hand technique to fight his way effortlessly into the backfield.
Garrett also showcases excellent competitive toughness. The Ohio State DT has a hot running motor. There is no such thing as half measures, and he often chases players downfield until the whistle stops.
Furthermore, Garrett possesses impressive strength. There are plenty of examples of him pushing the pocket on film, and he displays a decent bull rush. His strength is evident when tackling, as he is routinely able to wrap up and force his man to the ground.
Finally, Garrett has exhibited versatility at the college level. He’s seen multiple DT alignments for Ohio State, ranging from 1-technique all the way out to 5-technique.
Areas for improvement
Although he projects to be one of the best defensive tackles in the 2022 NFL Draft, Garrett’s scouting report shows room for improvement.
At 6’2″ and 300 pounds, the Ohio State DT is a little on the small side. As a result, his versatility at the college level may not translate to the NFL. He will likely be considered a pure 3-technique by the league, decreasing his value compared to other more versatile defensive linemen.
In addition to his overall size, Garrett appears to be lacking some length in his arms. This becomes evident when tasked with shedding blocks. He isn’t routinely able to disengage from contact, removing him from the play.
Haskell Garrett’s Player Profile
Considering his early footballing success, it should come as no surprise that Garrett is likely to be a highly sought-after 2022 NFL Draft prospect. The former four-star high school prospect had a standout career for the perennially successfully Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. Garrett was the sixth-ranked defensive tackle in the 2017 recruiting class and the fourth-ranked player in the talent-rich state of Nevada.
Even before his sophomore season, the USC Trojans handed the young DT his first offer. Following a season where he racked up 20.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks, college football programs attempted to capture his signature even more. However, it wasn’t until his junior campaign in which he totaled 16 tackles for loss and 6 sacks that his dream school came knocking. Ohio State offered in February 2016, and Garrett didn’t require much persuading.
“I chose Ohio State because I knew the reputation coach [Urban] Meyer has as a coach in developing his players, but also because Ohio State has been a dream school of mine.”
Garrett finished his Bishop Gorman career in fine form, with his college future secured before his senior season. After another hyper-productive season, he ended his high school career with 56.5 tackles for loss and 25 sacks. The team never lost a game during his career, going 43-0 and securing multiple state titles and national championships.
The destructive defensive tackle headed to Ohio State as a US Army All-American and the 4A Sunset/Southwest Defensive MVP. Meanwhile, he earned first-team Nevada All-State honors.
Garrett’s career at Ohio State
Even when you’ve had such an accomplished high school career, the leap up to college football can be an overwhelming one. A large proportion of even the most talented players see minimal game time in their first year or redshirt. At a program like Ohio State — where there is a constant stream of DL talent — taking a redshirt as a freshman is especially common. Not for Garrett.
The young DT made an impression on coach Meyer early on. Meyer told 247 Sports before the start of the 2017 season, “He’s going to play. That’s unusual for an [freshman] interior D-lineman, but he’s really impressive right now.”
Garrett played in eight games as a true freshman. Although his production wasn’t prolific — 3 tackles across games against Maryland and Rutgers — his performances earned him a more significant role for 2018. The Ohio State DT played in 14 games for the Buckeyes in his sophomore season, making 7 tackles and logging a pass breakup against Nebraska.
Despite playing in fewer games during the 2019 season, Garrett’s production increased. He registered 10 tackles and ate up double teams to allow other players to make plays. Nevertheless, he made boxscore contributions himself, with a first career tackle for loss against Miami (OH) in a game where he set a career-high 4 tackles.
Overcoming adversity to breakout for Ohio State in 2020
Then came that night in August. According to reports, Garrett encountered a couple arguing. When he told the man to stop fighting the woman, a gun was drawn, and Garrett was shot in the face. Miraculously, the bullet passed through his cheeks, avoiding any severe damage. Unbelievably, he was out of the hospital less than two days later — and on October 24, he lined up for the Buckeyes in their season opener.
Despite the Buckeyes playing just eight games in the shortened season, Garrett had a breakout year. In that first game since being shot, he secured his first career sack. The senior DT earned his second sack of the season against Northwestern. Haskell later notched a pick-six in a walkover win against Michigan State. As Ohio State came up just short of a national championship, Garrett amassed 20 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, registering at least 2 tackles in all but one game.
The Ohio State DT earned third-team All-Big Ten recognition from the conferences’ coaches. Furthermore, multiple media outlets adorned Garrett with All-American honors. Following his senior season success, it was anticipated he’d follow fellow Ohio State DT Tommy Togiai to the NFL Draft. However, in returning for another season, Garrett has the potential to elevate his stock ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft dramatically.