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PFF scouting report: Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 26: Offensive lineman Joshua Garnett of Stanford in action during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 26, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Below is the PFF draft profile for Stanford's Joshua Garnett, 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:

Starting guard in power-run scheme.

Stats to know:

Posted top grade among guards against Power-5 competition, including the top run-blocking grade.

What he does best:

• Drive-blocker; gets low and moves people at the point of attack

• Locates defenders well on the move, whether pulling or climbing to the second level

• Will destroy unsuspecting defenders on pull-blocks

• Dominant on the playside of running plays; top grade in the nation among guards

• Potential to be among league’s best run-blockers in the right scheme

Biggest concern:

• Struggles with backside cutoffs in zone, may limit him from scheme standpoint

• Can struggle with power at the point of attack at times

• Got handled by better competition, namely Oregon’s DeForest Buckner

• Doesn’t always sustain blocks in pass protection; gave up more pressures than you’d like to see, even if it was later in the play

• Can be late to recognize stunts and twists

Bottom line:

Garnett fits perfectly into a man-blocking scheme, very much like the scheme in which he played at Stanford. He can move defenders in the running game while hitting a moving target, though he’s less adept at making the necessary blocks of a more zone-heavy scheme. He’s solid in pass protection, though it’s unlikely that he’ll be one of the league’s best in this area.

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