Cleveland Browns: 5 players vital to 2018 success
By Randy Gurzi
2. Myles Garrett, DE
The Cleveland Browns didn’t see any quarterbacks worthy of the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. They apparently kicked the tires on Mitch Trubisky and even Deshuan Watson — who they had a second chance at with the No. 12 pick but traded that away to the Houston Texans.
With them not sold on any of the young signal callers, they went with Myles Garrett out of Texas A&M. He was considered to be the best overall player by just about everyone who studied the draft. Lance Zierlein of NFL.com was really high on the potential of Garrett and was highly complimentary while listing his strengths coming into the NFL:
"“Chiseled physique with functional strength, and not just beach muscles. Bigger than people think. Uber-athlete with spring-loaded hips and elite explosiveness. Powerful legs allow him to fight through redirect blocks and corner the edge at a sharp angle. Dominant pass-rush ability and production in college. Remarkable burst off the snap. His first three steps can throw an offense into disarray. When he times the snap, tackles have almost no chance of catching him at the edge.” — Zierlein, NFL.com"
Garrett fought injuries as a rookie, but still managed seven sacks in 11 games. In 2018, they need him to stay healthy and continue to pressure opposing quarterbacks. Hopefully he and Emmanuel Ogbah can see even more time together, because as was mentioned earlier, the two are dangerous when on the field together.