By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Cleveland Browns used the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft on defensive end Myles Garrett. He was considered the favorite to be drafted with the top pick for some time now.
The Browns were considering two players for the top pick. It was either going to be Garrett or quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
There’s reports that Head coach Hue Jackson and the coaching staff wanted Garrett. However, owner Jimmy Haslett reportedly wanted Trubisky.
Cleveland does need a franchise quarterback. But their front office elected to go with a pass rusher, who could wreck havoc on future opponents for many years to come.
The Browns has had a revolving door at quarterback in 2016. Seven different players, including five quarterbacks, one wide receiver, and a running threw a pass for the team last season.
Robert Griffin III had the team’s lone win, according to Pro Football Reference. He was 1-4.
Cody Kessler was 0-8, while Josh McCown was also 0-3 as a starter.
Terrelle Pryor — who previously was a quarterback in college and in his early days in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders — and Duke Johnson also threw at least one pass for the Browns.
With the No. 1 overall pick, Garrett is now the 10th overall player from the Southeastern Conference, who was drafted with the top pick.
“I’m looking forward to being the No. 1 (overall pick) if that comes true,” Garrett said nearly one hour before being drafted by the Browns.
Garrett did not meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in Philadelphia. Instead of attending the NFL Draft, Garrett elected to watch the draft from an NFLPA Draft Party in Arlington, Texas.
The talented pass rusher spent just three seasons in College Station, Texas. He played in 34 games for the Texas A&M Aggies.
In the three seasons, Garrett had 141 tackles, including 47 tackles for a loss, according to College Football Reference. He also had 31.0 sacks with one interception, seven forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and five pass deflections.
As a sophomore, he had 19.5 tackles for a loss and 11.5 sacks. He also had his lone college interception in 2015, as well, with five forced fumbles.
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