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Prospect Profile: Michigan DE Rashan Gary

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Defensive end | Michigan | Junior

Height: 6-foot-4 | Weight: 277 pounds

College Stats

2018: Played in nine games and skipped Michigan's bowl game to begin preparing for the draft; recorded 44 total tackles (20 solo) with 7.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks; honored as First-Team All-Big Ten selection by coaches and was a Second-Team All-Big Ten selection honoree by media

Career: Played in 35 career games with 21 starts; recorded 137 total tackles (53 solo), 24.0 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, one forced fumble; honored as First-Team All-Big Ten selection by coaches and was a Second-Team All-Big 10 selection honoree by media; honored as First-Team All-Big Ten selection by coaches and was a Second-Team All-Big Ten selection honoree by media in 2018 and 2017; won Richard Katcher Award in 2017, which is presented to Michigan's most outstanding defensive lineman or outside linebacker; Academic All-Big Ten honoree in 2017

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Profile

Summary: There seems to be some debate as to where Gary will end up in the NFL, as most project him as a defensive end but others have him inside as a 3-technique. Wherever he ends up, Gary will bring a rare blend of speed and athleticism to his new team. He didn't have overly productive numbers with just 10.5 sacks in three seasons, but Gary has the tools needed to be successful in the league.

Lance Zierlein of NFL.com wrote that Gary has "loads of potential but a lack of development in key areas. Gary is a face-up rusher who seems content to hit tackles with bull-rush attempts rather than working the edges. He's explosive out of the blocks and in closing to the quarterback, and is just waiting for hand development and additional rush moves."

Gary's full scouting report on NFL.com can be found here.

Stacking up: Draft analyst Dane Brugler, who writes for The Athletic, listed Gary as the fifth-best edge rusher in the draft. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks has Gary as an edge rusher, and the third one on his board. Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com had Gary as the 10th overall player on his most-recent list of the Top 50 prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft, down one spot from the previous ranking.

Maize and blue chip: Gary was the nation's No. 1 high school recruit in the Class of 2016 coming out of Paramus Catholic High School in New Jersey. Gary picked the Wolverines over USC, Clemson and Auburn, among others.

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