3. Myles Garrett, Defensive End
We all know how talented defensive end Myles Garrett is. The former No. 1 overall pick out of Texas A&M fell just short of the team record for sacks in a season when he had 13.5 as a second-year pro. That gives him plenty of hipe to be even better this coming season, especially now that he has a defensive coordinator who is willing to unleash him.
According to Garrett, he wasn’t allowed to use more than two moves under previous defensive coordinator — and eventual interim head coach — Gregg Williams. That’s not the case with Steve Wilks, who has been praising Garrett for more than just his ability to get after the quarterback.
Wilks said they already know just how dangerous No. 95 can be when going after the quarterback but he’s been pleasantly surprised at how well he’s been shutting the run down. Should Garrett continue to improve in this area and become a more complete defensive end, he could find himself in the discussion for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, which is something he has openly discussed going after in the past.
Garrett should also have more help this season than in 2018. John Dorsey understood the Browns were limited on the defensive line in 2018 so he traded for Olivier Vernon and signed Sheldon Richardson in the offseason. That gives them one of the best defensive lines in the AFC and the extra attention those players will draw could have a huge impact on Garrett’s effectiveness.