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Kevin Garrett

SELECTED BY DETROIT , ROUND 6, PICK 7, OVERALL PICK 172
DB | (5-9, 194, 4.31) | Southern Methodist
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Quentin Jammer's cousin. Top high school sprinter who had unofficial  and possibly not timed very accurately  bests of 10.2 in the 100 meters and 21.2 in the 200. Has run some track at SMU and his numbers don't measure up to the 10.2, which is close to a world-class number. Football redshirt in 1998 and has started every game from '99 through '02. Had 81 tackles, four passes broken up, one interception and two blocked kicks in '99; 74-13-1-2 in '00; and 67-7-3-1 in '01, when he returned his three interceptions for 88 yards and one touchdown. Graduated in the spring of '02. Sprained his left knee Oct. 12 vs. Fresno and sat out three games. Returned Nov. 16 against UTEP. Fastest player on the team who has been clocked at 4.29 (timed on grass). Started all nine games he played in '02, recording 48 tackles (35 solo), eight passes broken up, two interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick. Started all 42 games he played in his college career. Excellent special-teams player as well, blocking six kicks in his career.

Positives: Smart, good character player with outstanding speed, range and quick-twitch movements. Great athletic ability. Quick hands and feet. Good reading and reacting. Supplies tight coverage and has excellent catchup speed. Plays smart. Will support the run and contribute on special teams, where he excels blocking kicks with a very quick jump off the edge. Can be a gunner. Durable. Big upside. Has a quick backpedal and will tackle. Ran the fastest of any defensive back at the Combine, clocking in slightly above 4.3. Posted sub-4.0-second shuttle times.

Negatives: Lacks ball skills and toughness. Struggles in run support. Gets an average jump and has average strength. Not real fluid turning and at times shuffles and slides. Needs to improve his speed turn and technique. Does not jump and adjust to the ball well. Didn't face tough competition. Depends too much on his speed and athletic ability. Lacks upper-body strength. Drag tackler. So fast that he never really had to concentrate that much on fundamentals and technique because he used his great makeup speed to compensate. Needs to develop a feel for coverage cushion and know when to come out of his pedal and turn and run with the receiver. Needs to study receivers for tendencies and get stronger so he can play solid bump-and-run coverage and tackle better.

Summary: Has skills like Jammer, but he will have to learn the finer points of the game to survive in man-on-man coverage on the next level.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.