Rashan Gary's workout would've stacked up well vs. defensive linemen at combine
Just in case you forgot, Rashan Gary is a special talent.
Like, really special.
The former No. 1 overall recruit showed flashes of his potential as a true freshman playing on a deep Michigan defensive line. But after seeing how Gary tested in Michigan’s offseason workouts, expectations are only going to rise heading into his sophomore year.
Gary, who’s listed at 6-5, 287 pounds, posted the best 40-yard dash among all Michigan defensive linemen and linebackers. His 4.57-second 40-yard dash would’ve actually been faster than all but three defensive linemen and linebackers at the combine.
But Gary’s most impressive result came in the “L drill,” which is also known as the three-cone drill at the combine. The sophomore-to-be recorded a time of 6.70 seconds.
How impressive was that?
That would’ve ranked first among all defensive linemen and linebackers at the combine. In fact, no defensive lineman at the combine recorded a faster time than Gary since 2011 (via Bruce Feldman). Even the best three-cone drill time among Michigan’s defensive backs was only 6.79 seconds.
For a little perspective, here were Gary’s numbers (all were were first among Michigan’s defensive linemen and linebackers) compared to defensive linemen at the combine:
|DRILL||GARY’S RESULTS||PLACE AMONG COMBINE D-LINEMEN|
|40-yard dash||4.57 seconds||3rd|
|Vertical jump||31 inches||T25th|
|200-yard shuttle||25.98 seconds||Not tested at combine|
|Broad jump||114 inches||27th|
|3-cone drill||6.70 seconds||1st|
Keep in mind that Gary will still have at least another two years in Michigan’s strength and conditioning program. It’s also worth noting that while he can play anywhere on the defensive line, he’s still listed as a defensive tackle.
Gary’s numbers compared favorably to one of the top defensive tackles in this year’s draft, Malik McDowell:
|DRILL||GARY’S RESULTS||McDOWELL’S COMBINE RESULTS|
|40-yard dash||4.57 seconds||4.85 seconds|
|Vertical jump||31 inches||28.5 inches|
|Broad jump||114 inches||112 inches|
|3-cone drill||6.70 seconds||7.69 seconds|
Obviously it’s different testing at the combine compared to an offseason workout at your home gym. It’s essentially comparing pro day numbers to combine numbers.
Still, Gary hasn’t even had the benefit of training for combine specific drills yet.
Michigan hasn’t had a defensive lineman prospect — or maybe any prospect — quite like Gary. If his testing is an indicator of the freakish abilities he’ll show off next fall, Michigan might not skip a beat on defense.