Few offensive lineman gained the experience that Avery Gennesy received starting at left tackle in the SEC for Texas A&M the last two seasons. While not entirely unique — Alabama’s Cam Robinson and Arkansas’ Dan Skipper, for example, can claim similar accomplishments — no player, aside from Gennesy, can say he repped day in and day out against arguably the most gifted prospect in the upcoming NFL draft.
According to the 6-foot-5, 315-pound tackle prospect, all those long days practicing against his teammate Myles Garrett helped him prepare for any challenge he’ll see at the NFL level. While Garrett is getting tons of hype as being the best player in the draft, Gennesy enters the same draft with more experience than anyone working directly with the freakishly talented defensive end.
While speaking to Saturday Down South senior writer John Crist at the NFL Combine, Gennesy’s first-hand experience with Garrett suggests the Aggie defender lived up to his massive hype.
“Myles Garrett got bigger every year but never slowed down,” Gennesy said to Saturday Down South.
While the task of blocking Garrett had to be the biggest chore of his playing career, Gennesy believes those reps will prove to be invaluable as he prepares for his journey to playing in the NFL.
“Blocking him every day prepared me for anyone,” Gennesy continued.
While Gennesy is unlikely to hear his name called among the first tier of offensive lineman selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, he makes a strong case for being the most prepared to play in the NFL as a rookie. In addition to his familiarity with his former teammate Garrett, Gennesy also battled with top NFL draft prospects Derek Barnett from Tennessee, Jonathan Allen and Tim Williams of Alabama, Carl Lawson of Auburn, and future NFL prospect Marquis Haynes of Ole Miss during the 2016 season.
Considering his invaluable experience at the college level, don’t be surprised if Gennesy proves to be one of the great value picks in the upcoming draft.
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