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Jalen Myrick
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Team: Minnesota Golden GophersHeight: 5-10 Born: 2/27/1995
Position: DBWeight: 200 Hometown: Bloomingdale, Georgia
Class-Eligibility: Sr-Sr


Scouting Report

OVERVIEW

Myrick was one of the key components to the 21st ranked defense in the nation and helped the Golden Gophers to their best record (9-4) since going 10-3 in 2003. He started all 12 games for Minnesota this season logging a career high 41 tackles, 3.5 tackles-for-loss, one interception and 11 pass breakups.

He also spent time on special teams during his time at Minnesota returning 43 kickoffs for 1,052 yards with one 100 yard return for a touchdown against Northwestern.

Getting reps as a true freshman, Myrick grew into a roll that led him to receive an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game. Each and every season he built on the season before gaining more reps that led to more starts.

His 20 pass breakups and five career interceptions show the real grit in the Georgia natives cover skills. Playing in 47 games since 2013 shows the durability and experience Myrick has developed in one of the top college football conferences.

STRENGTHS: Two-time All Big-Ten Honorable Mention defensive back (2015-16) has long arms (32. 5 inches). Despite being only 5-foot-9, Myrick has the second longest arms out of any defensive invited to the East-West Shrine Game. Compact frame and well put together, his biggest asset is his speed. He was the state runner-up in the 100-meter dash in high school. Dual-threat on defense and special adds value to his draft stock. He anticipates the ball and knows when to make his move to defend it. Myrick has the natural athletic ability and speed that teams desire at the position. He possesses a real feel for the position.

WEAKNESSESS: Myrick would be considered a draftable prospect a few rounds higher if he had a better size. Not a great tackler in open space and Myrick can show better strength making hits. He has his lapses in coverage and must show the ability to jam bigger receivers at the line of scrimmage. Approving his ability to disengage from blocks to make more plays in the run game has to be improved. Tends to freelance in zone coverage.

IN OUR VIEW: Myrick's combination of speed and versatility make him a mid-round prospect. The Gophers have sent three secondary players to the draft in each of the last three seasons that includes Brock Vereen (2014 Chicago Bears), Cedric Thompson (2015 Miami Dolphins) and Eric Murray (2016 Eric Murray). Myrick may be the best of the entire group of a talented class of Gophers.

COMPARES TO: Doran Grant, Jacksonville: Grant is on his fourth team since being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers (2015). Leaving Ohio State Grant possessed the position characteristics that mirror Myrick. Their size and ability are pretty closely matched. Myrick is an athlete and has more versatility than Grant. It should help him secure a longer early tenure with the team that drafts him.


Career Rushing/Receiving Stats

Year Team G Rush Yds Yd/Rush TDs Rec Yds Yd/Rec TDs
2013 Minn  11 1 3 3.0 0 0 0 - 0
Career   47 1 3 3.0 0 0 0 - 0

Career Defensive Stats

Year Team G Int Yds TDs
2013 Minn  11 0
2014 Minn  13 1
2015 Minn  10 3
2016 Minn  13 1
Career   47 5

Career Returning Stats

Year Team G Punt Returns Yds Avg TDs Kick Returns Yds Avg TDs
2014 Minn  13 0 0 - 0 18 508 28.2 1
2015 Minn  10 0 0 - 0 12 257 21.4 0
2016 Minn  13 9 44 4.9 0 13 287 22.1 0
Career   47 9 44 4.9 0 43 1052 24.5 1