Edge rusher Myles Garrett might be the best player on the Cleveland Browns’ roster in 2019. With all the hype surrounding the former Texas A&M product, could Garrett be the Defensive Player of the Year next season?
The Cleveland Browns have transformed themselves from laughing stock to legitimate contender in just two seasons. With massive additions all across the offensive side of the ball, it’s easy to get caught up in the talents of quarterback Baker Mayfield and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., among others. But, Browns fans shouldn’t forget the blue-chip talent that arrived before all the others: defensive end Myles Garrett.
As the 2017 NFL Draft’s first overall pick, Garrett came into the NFL with enormous expectations from fans and league insiders alike. A freak of nature from Texas A&M, Garrett’s physical talents, along with his mental acumen, were the perfect formula to make him one of the NFL’s top defenders. And needless to say, he has lived up to those lofty expectations for the Browns.
Since coming into the world of professional football, Garrett has totaled 20.5 sacks throughout 25 starts. With a 13.5 sack performance in 2018, Garrett’s sophomore season may be a sign of things to come. The 23-year old likely has his best years far ahead of him, and he could be in for even more success in 2019.
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Not only do the Browns have a second pitch in Vernon, but Richardson and Larry Ogunjobi will likely be fantastic assets in the middle. Offensive lines must very carefully pick their poison with this defensive line, and double-teaming Garrett will not be an open option in 2019.
Garrett is a fantastic talent that has limitless potential with his skillset. The development of a few more moves under new defensive coordinator Steve Wilks will certainly be a great help, and will only add to Garrett’s bag of tricks for getting around left tackles. This only helps to build Myles Garrett’s case for a Defensive Player of the Year award in 2019.
Entering his third year, he could begin to scratch the surface of his physical prime as an edge rusher this coming season. Should Garrett stay healthy, he can almost certainly be in the running for the DPOY honor. A top-flight defensive line only serves to raise those chances, as Garrett will have three good-to-elite level talents around him in 2019.
When all is said and done, Myles Garrett could be seen as a top-three pass rusher in 2019, along with Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack. To have that honor, and that kind of talent, on the Browns roster would be a tremendous help to the playoff push the Dawg Pound looks to make this coming season. And, who knows? It may result in some individual hardware for Garrett as well.