Myles Garrett wants to be the No. 1 pick of the NFL Draft later this month.
No, seriously… he REALLY wants that top spot.
If there was any doubt about his passion and drive cast by his generally pleasant demeanor, he did a great job of dispelling that on Monday.
During a Q&A style interview with ESPN.com’s Sam Alipour, Garrett made a downright nasty threat to the Cleveland Browns, who hold the top pick in the draft.
In the midst of a question and answer session that danced through a variety of topics, Alipour posed himself as the Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson, and asked Garrett to make the pitch to him as to why he should bypass a quarterback at No. 1 overall to instead take Garrett as a pass-rushing specialist.
Garrett’s response was STRONG:
All right, imagine I’m Hue at that dinner. My franchise hasn’t had a good quarterback since Bernie Kosar. Why should I take you first overall?
“Because I’ll be a difference maker from day one. And I’m not gonna be in any trouble. I’m just gonna make plays and bring a good atmosphere to your organization. And I’m gonna start winning and winning now. And because if you don’t draft me No. 1, I will punish your team for the next 10 to 12 years. I’ll knock your QB out of the game every time we play you, and I’ll have to kick the hell out of No. 1, whoever it is.”
Whoa. Garrett promises to punish the team for the next 10-12 years, knock the quarterback out of the game every time he plays the Browns and specifically seek out the person who the Browns select No. 1 instead of him to “kick the hell” out of them.
That’s the type of nasty demeanor you’d expect from a defensive lineman. And for some, it’s exactly what they wanted to hear from a guy who has received criticism for being a phenomenal athlete without a killer instinct.
It isn’t the first waves Garrett made in Monday’s news cycle. He also apparently backed out of a Mike & Mike appearance because he didn’t like some of the criticism he had received from SEC Network analyst Booger McFarland, who was guest hosting the show on Monday.