Cleveland Browns Draft Bullseye No. 1: Myles Garrett
At some point the madness had to end, right? Eventually, the Cleveland Browns were going to hit on a first-round draft pick. Well, in the 2017 NFL draft, a six-year streak of habitually missing on their first pick came to a screeching halt when the Browns selected Myles Garrett as the first player off the board.
Defensive ends do not come more highly touted than Garrett. The 6-foot-4, 275lb edge defender looks like something out of a comic book. He is definitely the first player you would have get off of the bus at an opposing stadium. Garrett’s physical abilities put him in a category only reserved for the elite of the elite.
But as there always is, there were questions about how successful Garrett would be at the next level. Questions like, does he love football? Will he coast on his natural abilities? Garrett has put any concerns about his level of effort, both on and off the field, to bed over the first five years of his career.
Since entering the league, Garrett has been nothing short of dominant and there appears to be no end in sight. Garrett is coming off back-to-back first-team All-Pro seasons and is seemingly always on the precipice of Defensive Player of the Year discussions. He currently sits at 58.5 sacks, only four sacks away from the all-time franchise record. He should have that record secured by sometime in week three.
Garrett keeps offensive tackles up at night and is the first player any opposing quarterback has to account for. Number 95 has even entered into a Shaquille O’Neal category where he is officiated differently than other players just due to how dominant he is.
Without a shadow of a doubt, Myles Garrett is the best draft pick the Browns have made since reentering the league in 1999. And it is not even close.