Don’t believe everything you read, kids. Less than 12 hours after both Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay pegged the Cleveland Browns with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky at No. 1, the Cleveland Browns blew their mock drafts to shreds by selecting edge rusher Myles Garrett out of Texas A&M.
By now, you should know everything there is to know about Garrett. He stands at a chiseled 6-feet-4-inches, weighs 275 pounds, is compared to Julius Peppers, and tested off the charts at the NFL Combine. Here’s what WFNY’s Joe Gilbert had to say about Garrett in his recent Top 5 scouting report:
Myles Garrett is the best edge rusher in the draft and the best overall player in the draft. He has the prototypical size of an edge rusher at 6-foot-4, 272 pounds. He adds incredible athleticism to this prototype size. At the NFL Combine, he showed his amazing athleticism, running a 4.64-second 40-yard dash, lifted 33 reps on the bench press, jumped 41 inches in the vertical and jumped 128 inches in the broad jump. All four ranked in the top five amongst the defensive line group and his 41-inch vertical was the fourth best of all the participants at the Combine. He is explosive off the line, gaining quick advantage against blockers. When he reaches the edge, he can bend around the corner to get a direct path to the quarterback. His pass rushing skills are refined with the ability to institute an array of pass rush moves, including a bull rush, spin move and speed rush. His athleticism is so fluid, allowing him to change directions with great suddenness and quickness. He has extremely long arms at 35 ¼ inches, with hands that are quick and powerful, allowing him to disengage from blocks and control offensive linemen. His legs give him a great base to give out immense power to overtake blockers and lead them where he wants them to go. His legs and power allow him to set a strong edge, along with the attention to assignment to not get out of position and try to do too much. He has great versatility to play in both a 4-3 and 3-4 edge position and he can even move inside to play some if need be. Garrett was so good in college that defenses were quite visibly running away from his side of the ball.
Garrett does have some things to work on in his game, however. He is a very good pass rusher, but he can get better at it. In some situations where he is stalled on his first pass rush move, he can be too slow to try another move to counter the stalemate and get to the quarterback. The other question mark is his health. He suffered with injuries last season, playing through the ailments for most of the season. His health must be checked out to make sure it is not a long term problem. But in the end, Garrett is the prototypical pass rusher who teams dream about to wreck havoc on opposing offenses.
In 11 games last season, he posted 33 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and eight and half sacks. The stats may not wow you, but the Browns finally landed themselves a player who will immediately step in and provide an impact on a defensive unit that was among the worst in the league in nearly every measurable category. His pass-rush skill set and athletic traits point toward an All-Pro career. That he’ll get to go up against Joe Thomas in Training Camp this summer will only serve to make him that much better.