With Kyler Fackrell’s departure in free agency, the Green Bay Packers have an opening at the EDGE4 position. The Packers used their final draft pick on Miami (FL.) edge rusher Jonathan “Spider” Garvin to compete with Tim Williams, Randy Ramsey, and Greg Roberts for that rotational role.
Called “Spider” due to his length and athleticism, Garvin can play as a 3-4 or 4-3 edge defender. He possesses an elite Relative Athletic Score (8.98), as is a tradition for a Brian Gutekunst draft pick.
Garvin started at Miami as a true freshman and racked up 12.5 sacks, 106 total tackles, one touchdown, and three forced fumbles over three years. Scouts have complimented his size, versatility, quick first step, and hand usage, while his common criticisms include lack of effort/explosiveness and a need to expand his pass rush repertoire. He’ll need to add strength to combat NFL-level players.
Per thedraftnetwork, “Miami defensive end Jonathan Garvin has some high-level flashes on tape that reveal an exciting skill set but they are too often marred by lackadaisical effort which reveals issues with play strength, urgency and contact balance. Garvin is a younger prospect that is far from maxed out physically which indicates there is plenty of room for him to develop. Garvin is a high-end developmental EDGE prospect that has a considerable ceiling if/when the switch flips. There aren’t any notable physical restrictions present, Garvin has to get stronger, play faster and become consistent.”
Fit with team:
Garvin is a highly-athletic defender with a versatile skillset, which is exactly the type of player defensive coordinator Mike Pettine covets. Edge rusher is a premium position, and it’s always good to keep looking for players that can help your team. Coupled with the loss of Kyler Fackrell, Garvin is a logical pick for the Packers to take a flier on.
The Packers don’t have a clear EDGE4, giving Garvin plenty of room to compete. With the Smith Bros and Rashan Gary around, there is no rush to throw a player into the fire, giving Garvin a chance to develop. He can earn a role on special teams as a rookie or spend a year on the practice squad getting into NFL shape.
Seventh-round picks are all about upside and potential, and Garvin has plenty. While his effort has been questioned, signing with the Packers provides a fresh start.Matt Hendershott is a Packers fan and Miller High Life enthusiast from Northwest Ohio. He has a Master of Arts in Media and Communication from Bowling Green State University. You can follow him on Twitter @MattHendershott.