31 receivers were taken in the 2016 NFL draft. Despite having more receiving yards last season than each one of them, former Tulsa Wide Receiver Keyarris Garrett went undrafted. This is certainly a surprise for a player who shined at the combine, has all the physical tools, and who put up the production he did.
Garrett signed with the Carolina Panthers as a free agent after the conclusion of the draft, where he’ll join Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess, Tedd Ginn Jr, and the rest of the Panther receiving corps.
Garrett led the nation in receiving yards last season with 1588 yards on 96 receptions. Garrett had 3 games last year where he caught ten or more passes, and he played his best in his biggest games. Garrett was featured on Sportscenter’s top 10 plays twice this past season with two Hail Mary receptions vs Oklahoma and Memphis. In his final collegiate game against Virginia Tech he caught 8 balls for 137 yards and one touchdown.
Keyarris was a pleasure to watch in the Golden Hurricane uniform. Garrett is originally from Dangerfield, Texas. He came into college very skinny, and not heavily recruited. He worked hard in the weight room so he could be physical in the division 1 level. His sophomore year he led TU with 845 yards and 9 TD’s. He was selected to second team all-conference. Garrett was primed for another big year in 2013, but broke his leg in his second game. Garrett received a medical redshirt, and once again had to work hard in the weight room to get back on the field. His hard work came to fruition in 2015 when he had a magnificent senior season for the Golden Hurricane.
The knock on Garrett has been that he isn’t able to make any moves after the catch. I do agree with that assessment, however a player with his physical tools and ball skills to go undrafted is crazy to me, especially because so many other players were taken before him.
Garrett believed he was the best receiver in the draft, and the chip he had on his shoulder has just gotten even bigger. I expect he’ll make the 53 man Panther roster, and make Golden Hurricane fans proud.