[Editor's Note: This story was originally published on PFF.com on March 30, 2017.]
With the 2017 NFL Combine well in the rearview mirror and the focus now on cross-examining every facet of play for hundreds of draft-eligible players, the Pro Football Focus team has put together a list of some of the more intriguing prospect matchups from the 2016 season — one-on-one meetings that featured players who are surely going to hear their name called come April.
Whether it was a quarterback targeting a cornerback or an edge defender blowing past an offensive tackle, some 2016 games pitted top players against one another in a preview of how they may fare against next-level talent. We’ve been revealing these matchups one at a time over the past few days.
Here are some of the matchups we’ve broken down thus far:
Cal QB Davis Webb vs. Top Pac-12 CB prospects
Miami CB Corn Elder vs. Top ACC QB prospects
QB Chad Kelly vs. CB prospects Tre’Davious White and Marlon Humphrey
Clemson WR Mike Williams vs. Top DB prospects
Today we take a look at former Texas A&M edge defender Myles Garrett versus UCLA's Conor McDermott, the No. 6 player on PFF's OT draft board.
Garrett torched McDermott for six QB hurries, four QB hits, and a sack in the pair's 2016 meeting. The former Aggie — PFF’s top-ranked prospect — accumulated a season-high 11 total QB pressures, third-most of his career for a single game, and the most since Week 10 of his freshman year in 2014 against UL Monroe.