No 2. Myles Garrett (Defensive player of the year)
If you think Myles Garrett had just a decent season because of the incident that took place last season with him along with Mason Rudolph, think again.
Despite being in almost every award conversation you can think of before his altercation, Garrett was having an amazing season that most people don’t even recognize. Last season, Garrett had 10 sacks in 10 games. Garrett was on pace to have at least one sack per game last season.
The record for most sacks in a season is 22.5, held by Michael Strahan. Garrett was on pace to have at least 16. If he would have kept his cool and been able to play those last 6 games, who knows what could have happened.
Again, with Garrett entering the first year after signing his new extension with the Browns, he will be hungry and determined to prove his worth and show Cleveland he is better than the player we saw last year not only in terms of performance but also character. Garrett totaled seven sacks in his rookie season, and had 13.5 in his sophomore season. Every time Garrett is in the game on defense, there is a good chance he could get a sack on the very next play.
I am a firm believer that Garrett knows he has the ability to win a defensive player of the year award by the time his career is over if he can cut out the dumb penalties and the inexcusable actions that he displayed last season.