Joshua Garnett

American football player (born 1994)

American football player
Joshua Garnett
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Personal information
Born: (1994-02-21) February 21, 1994 (age 30)
Auburn, Washington, U.S.
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:305 lb (138 kg)
Career information
High school:Puyallup (Puyallup, Washington)
College:Stanford (2012–2015)
NFL draft:2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28
Career history
  • San Francisco 49ers (2016–2018)
  • Detroit Lions (2020)*
  • Washington Football Team (2020)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Unanimous All-American (2015)
  • Outland Trophy (2015)
  • Morris Trophy (2015)
  • First-team All-Pac-12 (2015)
Career NFL statistics
Games played:22
Games started:11
Player stats at PFR

Joshua Samuel Garnett (born February 21, 1994) is an American former professional football player who was a guard in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Stanford Cardinal and was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He also played for the Detroit Lions and Washington Football Team.

Early life

A native of Puyallup, Washington, Garnett attended Puyallup High School where he was a three-time all-state lineman on the football team. In his senior year, he was named 2011 South Puget Sound League Lineman of the Year. After his senior season ended, Garnett participated in the Under Armour All-America Game.

Regarded as a five-star recruit by, he was ranked as the No. 2 offensive guard prospect in the class of 2012, behind only Jordan Simmons.[1] He chose Stanford over scholarship offers from Michigan and Notre Dame, among others.[2]

College career

As a true freshman, Garnett appeared in 14 games for the Stanford Cardinal, playing both guard positions and fullback. His first career start came against Washington State, as he became the first true freshman to start on the Cardinal's offensive line since Kirk Chambers in 2000.[3] Stanford eventually also started freshmen Kyle Murphy and Andrus Peat on the offensive line. In his sophomore year, Garnett played another 14 games.

In his junior season, Garnett took over as left guard from David Yankey. He started 13 games on an offensive line that ranked 18th nationally in tackles for loss allowed (4.62/game), 42nd in sacks allowed (1.77/game). Garnett won the Outland Trophy and was named a unanimous All-American as a senior in 2015.

Professional career

San Francisco 49ers

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 4+38 in
(1.94 m)
312 lb
(142 kg)
33+78 in
(0.86 m)
10+18 in
(0.26 m)
5.32 s 1.84 s 3.05 s 4.64 s 7.62 s 29 in
(0.74 m)
8 ft 3 in
(2.51 m)
30 reps
All values from NFL Combine[4]

The San Francisco 49ers selected Garnett in the first round (28th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.[5] On July 29, 2016, the San Francisco 49ers signed him to a four-year, US$13 million contract.[6] His father, Scott, had also played for the 49ers.[7] Garnett played in 15 games with 11 starts at guard as a rookie in the 2016 season. On September 2, 2017, he was placed on injured reserve after having knee surgery.[8]

Garnett played in the 2018 season opener but then dislocated his toe missing 6 games afterwards. In practice on November 20, 2018, Garnett broke his thumb which sidelined him for the rest of the season.[9] On May 2, 2019, the 49ers declined the fifth-year option on his contract before being released on August 31, 2019.[10][11]

Detroit Lions

On February 3, 2020, Garnett signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions but was waived on August 9, 2020.[12][13]

Washington Football Team

Garnett signed with the Washington Football Team on August 21, 2020.[14] He was waived on September 5, 2020, and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[15] He was elevated to the active roster on September 26 and October 3 for the team's weeks 3 and 4 games against the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens, and reverted to the practice squad after each game.[16][17] He was promoted to the active roster on October 9, 2020.[18] The team announced his retirement on October 20, 2020.[19]


  1. ^ "Yahoo Sports: Ranking – offensive guards 2012".
  2. ^ "Josh Garnett commitment: the impact". January 28, 2012.
  3. ^ "Stanford at Colorado: At a glance". San Jose Mercury News. November 3, 2012.
  4. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles – Joshua Garnett". National Football League.
  5. ^ "NFL draft: Results, analysis for every Round 1 pick". April 29, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  6. ^ " Joshua Garnett contract". Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  7. ^ "For Stanford's Garnett, vocal leadership runs in the family". September 24, 2014.
  8. ^ "49ers Cut Roster Down to 53 Players". September 2, 2017. Archived from the original on March 2, 2018.
  9. ^ Williams, Doug (November 20, 2018). "Yet Another Injury Will Sideline Joshua Garnett". Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  10. ^ "49ers won't exercise Joshua Garnett's fifth-year option". Niners Nation. May 2, 2019.
  11. ^ "49ers Announce 53-man Roster". August 31, 2019.
  12. ^ Bergman, Jeremy (February 3, 2020). "Lions sign former first-round guard Joshua Garnett". Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  13. ^ "Lions announce roster moves". August 9, 2020.
  14. ^ Alper, Josh (August 21, 2020). "Washington signs Joshua Garnett and David Steinmetz, waives Thaddeus Moss". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved August 21, 2020.
  15. ^ "Washington Football Team Signs 13 Players To Its Practice Squad". Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  16. ^ "Washington Football Team Elevates LB Jared Norris And G Joshua Garnett From The Practice Squad". September 26, 2020. Retrieved October 8, 2020.
  17. ^ @WashingtonNFL (October 3, 2020). "We have elevated G Joshua Garnett from the practice squad" (Tweet). Retrieved October 24, 2020 – via Twitter.
  18. ^ Alper, Josh. "Washington puts Steven Sims on injured reserve, signs Joshua Garnett". Yahoo Sports. Archived from the original on October 9, 2020. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  19. ^ Alper, Josh. "Washington announces Joshua Garnett's retirement". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved October 20, 2020.

External links

  • Joshua Garnett on X Edit this at Wikidata
  • Stanford Cardinal bio
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