University of Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary is expected to be one of the first players off the board in the NFL Draft this spring, but Gary thinks he should be No. 1 overall.
“I feel like I’m the best player in the draft, defensively and offensively,” Gary said Wednesday during media day at the MichaelJohnson Performance Center, via Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. “I’m the best player in the draft.”
That is a pretty lofty statement given the fact that Gary’s NFL Draft prospects are based almost solely on his athleticism and physical gifts, as he was not all that productive at Michigan.
This past season, during his junior campaign, Gary played in nine games and finished with just 38 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks, certainly not the type of production you would expect from a top draft pick.
Still, Gary remains confident in his abilities.
“The team [that drafts me] is going to get Rashan Gary,” he explained. “I’m a blue-collar worker. Every day, head down, learn the ways of the team, be the best now and be the best for that team and be the best for that state and bring back a Super Bowl wherever I go.”
His best year came during his sophomore season, when he totaled 58 stops, 11.5 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks over 13 games.
During his freshman campaign, Gary appeared in 12 contests, accumulating 23 tackles, five tackles for loss, and a half of a sack.
Gary plans to answer any questions scouts may have during the pre-draft process.
“Any boxes that need to be checked off, I’ll make sure all the boxes will be checked off,” he said.