Keyarris Garrett played for the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes and declared for the NFL after his senior season where he went for 1,451 yards and 7 touchdowns on 88 receptions. This was good enough for 34.3% of his team’s offensive production with a breakout age of 19.9 according to playerprofiler.com. Garrett is 23 years old and stands 6’3” tall and weighs in at 220 lbs. He surprisingly went undrafted in this years NFL draft after gaining considerable traction among the draftnik community on Twitter. The Carolina Panthers quickly signed him and he is slated to make their active roster despite going undrafted. Garrett will have to prove he deserves a chance this summer but possesses the tools to be a great receiver if given the chance. He tested well in Matt Harmon’s vaunted reception perception in man, double, and press coverage while only underperforming against zone defenses. Garrett only dropped 3 of the 99 catch-able passes thrown his way in 2015 according to profootballfocus.com. That’s an amazing catch rate that should be a welcome sight to Cam Newton after dealing with brick hands Ted Ginn last season. Garrett has been compared to Dez Bryant by many people based on his frame and the way he uses it against defenders and his after the catch ability.
Keyarris will likely have a lot to overcome before becoming fantasy relevant for most teams. He’s entrenched firmly behind Kelvin Benjamin, Greg Olsen, and Devin Funchess for targets and would actually need to perform very well before getting playing time ahead of veterans like Ginn considering his undrafted status. The level of competition for a school like Tulsa is lower on average by comparison to the larger conference schools. One thing to note is Tulsa played Oklahoma University on September 15, 2015 and Garrett absolutely went off on OU’s defense, primarily the top corner Zach Sanchez, for 14 receptions for 189 yards and a touchdown.
Redraft – Garrett should be left undrafted in almost all formats unless he shows out incredibly well over the summer. He is unlikely to develop into a fantasy asset in 2016 however if he continues to develop he could contribute in later years.
Dynasty – Segueing from my earlier statement, Garrett could wind up contributing at a later time if he develops his route tree and performs well against NFL caliber defenders. Garrett is currently going in the 3rd round or later in most rookie startups. He’s worth monitoring going forward if you didn’t draft him this season and much like most rookies he should be available very cheaply at a later date as the 2016 rookie fever subsides and the 2017 fever continues to rise.