Myles Garrett has not yet played a down for the Browns, but the mention of his name still puts a smile on the faces of Browns fans. This year’s No. 1 overall pick comes to Cleveland not as a savior, but rather a key piece in turning this team around.
Garrett is a physical specimen who can easily be on the Top 100 list next year if he makes an impact during his rookie season. All it will take is for him to dominate an opposing blocker and the votes for Garrett’s inclusion on the list will pile up fast.
The star power that comes along with him will help his chances as well, as every big play he makes this season will be shown on national highlight shows.
But Garrett must still produce solid numbers to be considered one of the best in the NFL, while he also has to prove he is the best defensive lineman in Cleveland. He is facing some stiff competition against Emmanuel Ogbah and Danny Shelton, who have each done their part to help improve the defensive front. A new scheme and the inclusion of Garrett should only continue the improvement process.
So while Garrett’s name brings publicity, he still must produce in his rookie season. Reaching the mark of 10.5 sacks achieved by Joey Bosa in 2016 would be plenty for Garrett’s name to end up on the Top 100 list in 2017. Add in a few forced fumbles and a big hit on Big Ben and Garrett’s star will only continue to rise.