Michigan third-year SDE Rashan Gary is an athletic marvel, and the NFL places him on its Most Freakish Athletes list as a result.
NFL.com Lists Rashan Gary High on Most Freakish Athletes in College Football
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Annually, NFL.com releases its list of the “most freakish athletes” in college football, a designation given to players who aren’t just good — they’re scary good. That is to say, they transcend the position, and can do things that others — who may even be elite at their level — can’t.
So you won’t be surprised to hear that NFL.com writer Chase Goodbread has included third-year Michigan strong-side defensive end Rashan Gary on his list.
But Gary wasn’t some middling-type, as far as Goodbread sees it. He’s the second-most freakish athlete in all of college football.
College football’s junior class is loaded with talent on the defensive line, and Gary sits comfortably among the elite players in the group. In program testing his sophomore year, he was clocked at a jaw-dropping 4.57 seconds in the 40-yard dash at 280-plus pounds. He also broad jumped 9-6 and turned in a 6.70 time in the 3-cone drill. As a pass rusher, he overwhelms offensive linemen with first-step quickness and power, and he also has the lateral speed to chase down screen passes and stretch plays to the perimeter. As if he needed to be any more athletic, he got himself trimmed down to 275 pounds in the spring.
He sits behind Houston DT Ed Oliver — who was in the same 2016 recruiting class. Gary was rated as a consensus No. 1 across all recruiting services, but Oliver was sixth in the 247Sports Composite. Oliver, however, got to play right away as a starter for the Cougars, while Gary was brought along a little more slowly, sitting behind incumbents Chris Wormley and Taco Charlton, both of whom are now in the NFL.