It might be a bit of a reach placing offensive guard Joshua Garnett on this list. After all, Garnett’s rookie season didn’t exactly go so well — he had a 42.4 overall grade in 2016, per Pro Football Focus — and will miss all of 2017 with a knee injury.
Instead of relying on the has-beens, this placement is going to be based solely off the potential.
Garnett primarily operated in a power-run scheme under head coach David Shaw at Stanford. Switching to a zone-style blocking scheme under former head coach Chip Kelly in 2016 required some adjustment, so it’s frustrating to think where the second-year guard would have been under Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan right now. Had Garnett stayed healthy, of course.
Still, Garnett was named the 2015 Outland Trophy recipient, given to the best interior offensive lineman in college.
While some might argue Garnett was a reach in Round 1, that accolade is enough to suggest there’s a lot of impact yet to be seen.