Myles Garrett seems to have sealed his future as the draft’s No. 1 overall pick with his performance at the NFL combine.
Garrett’s extraordinary workout and individual interview with the Cleveland Browns “pretty much clinched their decision” to take him with the top pick, according to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. That would be part of a “dream scenario” for the Browns that also includes trading for New England Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo.
The Browns were reportedly considering taking a quarterback over Garrett first overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. Part of the concern about Garrett was that he took plays off at Texas A&M. However, his combine performance appears to have alleviated their concerns.
Instead, the Browns will pursue Garoppolo. They would likely be willing to give up the No. 12 overall pick and another pick to get him. If they can’t land Garappolo, they might pursue Cincinnati Bengals QB A.J. McCarron, formerly of Alabama.
As a junior, Garrett had 8.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss in 10 games last season while dealing with an ankle sprain. He had 11 sacks or more each of the previous two seasons.