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2017 NFL Draft: Browns select Myles Garrett with pick No. 1

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.Β 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 ΒΌ 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.

  • RGB

    Oh sh*t!
    Peppers! Yeah!

  • Believelander

    I think the reason people were saying Foster is Peppers @ 33 but this is the guy I originally wanted at 12

    and now we have him AND Houston’s first-round pick

  • RGB

    Could Foster fall to #33? πŸ˜€

  • Believelander

    Yeah. Apparently there’s medical rumors about his shoulder on top of the character rumors and the diluted sample. So he could fall that far.

  • Skulb

    Amazing first day of the draft for the Browns. Second best, Bucs. That WR corps is going to be lethal.

  • Garry_Owen

    Well . . . okay.

  • Saggy

    ALL the teams in front of the Browns need secondary help. Except for the Steelers. Again.

  • RGB

    The yinzers are going to take Foster, aren’t they.

  • RGB

    We just traded up to #29…

  • The fun is not over yet.

  • RGB

    That puts them ahead of the yinzers.
    Foster, maybe?

  • Not done yet. πŸ˜‰

  • Believelander

    That’d be logical, the Steelers place high premium on linebackers and make a lot of hay with them

  • Possibly?

  • Skulb

    Yeah I forgot about the third pick. Even better. If they come out with Foster, this entire thing will have been a slam dunk.

  • Nope.

  • Skulb

    Didn’t see that coming. I guess I forgot looking for tight ends.

  • RGB

    So, we give up the #33, and the #108 (4th round) for #29…and pick TE Njoku.
    Meh.

  • Give it a year or two. You’ll be lining up to have his baby. LOL!

  • Surprised they didn’t go for OJ Howard.

  • Saggy

    of course.

  • RGB

    I think Sashi is getting trade drunk.

  • RGB

    And now the yinzers have a Watt…

  • Saggy

    This guy is going to be amazing in the passing game. I can’t wait to see what he looks like when he fills out. He’s only 20!!

  • At least they don’t have a Foster. To bad I don’t drink beer.

  • Believelander

    #RUEBENFROSTER

  • But I guess San Francisco wanted the beer. Bleh!!

  • nj0

    http://img.pandawhale.com/69040-Gladiator-Cat-meme-Are-you-not-lofI.jpeg

    Not sure what any of this means, but Sashi’s drafts have been fun.

  • Believelander
  • nj0

    Trades?

  • nj0

    Line him up for onside kicks. That’s how you maximize the value of an athletically gifted TE.

  • nj0

    Rend your garments. BUT- we added three first round picks today, one of which is described as a “generational talent” (even though he’s always compared to a guy drafted a few years ago). We also added a first round pick next year from a team whose QB#1 is Tom Savage.

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    Jets or niners might be our only competition.