Arguably the draft’s biggest bolter after what was an incredible draft combine from the South Fremantle product, where his endurance and speed were on full display. Jarrod Garlett is very similar to Hawthorn’s Bradley Hill. Although he’s the cousin of former Hawk Dayle Garlett, the pair are polar opposites.
Garlett is lightning quick, albeit lightly framed and a fraction undersized. He is damaging, polished and is full of excitement, with his bread and butter being his dash, disposal efficiency and defensive work. He breaks lines with his run and carry, and is good enough around goal to cause headaches for the opposition.
His National Championships games really threw him into the spotlight and onto the board for draft enthusiasts; subsequently, his combine results put him into late first-round calculations. The biggest tick of approval for Garlett was his 15+ beep test. It’s one thing for a midfielder to have extreme speed, but a blend of fitness and pace makes for an extremely damaging outside midfielder. Alongside his stellar kicking, he is certain to be a weapon.
More importantly, he overcame a calf injury just in time for the carnival – despite being a touch underdone – to really stamp himself as one of Western Australia’s best and most consistent. The carnival outlined his ability to play a number of varying roles, while also highlighting his vision and awareness at the top level. Equally as impressive was his desire to work back hard, focusing on the defensive side of his game.