PFF scouting report: Keyarris Garrett, WR, Tulsa

Gordon McGuinness and the PFF draft team break down the play of Tulsa's Keyarris Garrett ahead of the 2016 NFL draft.

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(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

PFF scouting report: Keyarris Garrett, WR, Tulsa


Below is the PFF draft profile for Tulsa’s Keyarris Garrett, which incorporates PFF’s college grades and scouting intel from our team of analysts. To see all of PFF’s 2016 scouting reports, click here.

Position fit:

Outside wide receiver; spent 1,073 of his 1,126 snaps at right wide receiver in 2015.

Stats to know:

Dropped just three of the 99 catchable passes thrown his way in 2015.

What he does best:

• Big frame and knows how to use it as a deep threat, picking up 725 yards and seven touchdowns on passes thrown 20 yards or further downfield.

• Big improvement in terms of drops from 2014 to 2015; dropped just three of the 99 catchable passes thrown his way in 2015, after dropping eight from 55 in 2014.

• Can make people miss once the ball is in his hands; forced 21 missed tackles on 96 receptions. Again, this was a massive improvement from 2014, where he forced just two from 47 receptions.

• Big-play threat, with at least one reception of 20 yards or more in 11 of 13 games played in 2015.

• Caught all 35 catchable passes thrown his way on hitch-routes in 2015, picking up 377 yards in the process.

Biggest concerns:

• Limited route-tree in college based on usage. Slant, go-, post- and hitch-routes accounted for 1,435 (90.7 percent) of his receiving yards last season.

• Very limited versatility in terms of position in college; 95.3 percent of his 1,126 snaps in 2015 came at right wide receiver.

• As good as his hands were in 2015, they were bad in 2014—eight drops from 55 catchable passes and a the third-worst drop rate of any receiver in this draft class that season.

Bottom line:

There’s a lot to like about Garrett, as well as some issues that may cause teams to pause, though they may not all be entirely his fault. His usage in college made him appear limited to certain aspects, but he really stood out in those areas. As a massive target who can go up and win the ball downfield, he’s going to be an interesting proposition for teams once we get to the second day of the NFL draft.

  • Clayton Gibson

    Just a little FYI…the picture for this article is of Michael Mudoh, who also played for Tulsa & wore jersey #1, but on the defensive side of the ball. Keyarris was #1 on offense for TU. So the confusion is understandable. I’ve seen this same mistake a few other places as well; I guess the original picture was misidentified. It’s definitely not Keyarris.

    Just wanted to point this out since I assume you prefer to use accurate pictures in your articles. Hope it’s not too difficult to change now. I appreciate the write up, long-time TU & Keyarris fan here. Enjoyed this site for a while, as well. Thanks!

    • PFF_Chase

      Appreciate you pointing that out, Clayton. The image has been updated.

  • William Berry

    Thanks for the heads up on the picture. I feel he may be a special player. You never know what players are capable of until you give them the opportunity to perform.