While the Cleveland Browns look to break their winless streak against the Cincinnati Bengals, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the front office is simultaneously busy picking their jaws up off the floor when thinking about edge rusher Myles Garrett.
The Browns have what one source close to the situation described as an “astronomical grade” on Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, a blue-chip prospect who could dramatically upgrade Cleveland’s defense. The Browns are enamored with Garrett, according to the source.
Taking Garrett could upgrade the defense but also would likely deny the Browns the chance to take the top-rated quarterback in the draft. But Cleveland is doing its due diligence in scouting quarterbacks. Browns scout Lake Dawson, who once starred at Notre Dame, has spent an inordinate amount of time in South Bend scouting Fighting Irish quarterback DeShone Kizer, according to a school source. Many expect Kizer, a junior, to announce he will turn pro as soon as this week.
While many had suspected the first-overall pick could be used on a quarterback, it appears Garrett’s All-Universe pass-rushing skills are enough to make the team look elsewhere amidst a quarterback class with plenty of question marks.
Schefter adds that the Browns could also be in the mix for New England’s Jimmy Garroplo, the back-up to Tom Brady who turned a few heads during is spot duty early in the 2016 season. This sentiment was reported earlier this week by former Browns general manager and current FOX Sports analyst Mike Lombardi.
The next Browns quarterback will be… Jimmy Garoppolo? pic.twitter.com/joHVV4UWZR
— Scott @ WFNY (@WFNYScott) December 9, 2016
Garrett, a third-year junior out of Texas A&M, has recorded 8.5 sacks and 32 tackles thus far in 2016. He had 3.5 tackles for los and 24 sacks in 25 starts in his first two seasons with the Aggies. He is currently the No. 2 prospect on Todd McShay’s Big Board, dubbed the “best pure pass rusher in the 2016 class.”
Football Outsiders currently ranks the 2016 Browns defense 31st against the pass and 29th against the run. For a team that is said to be building from the outside-in, it their “astronomical” grade of Garrett should come as little surprise.