1st Overall: Myles Garrett, ED, Texas A&M
I could certainly see the Browns going after a quarterback with this selection, but it will be hard to pass on the top defensive talent available in this year’s draft. There will be some huge decisions to be made, but the Browns have one year left of Robert Griffin III, and they also have last year’s third rounder Cody Kessler, who didn’t set the world on fire but also out-played mine and many others’ expectations in his rookie season.
Enter Myles Garrett, who has a chance to be the most dynamic and most impactful players from this year’s draft class in general. The Browns bought low on Jamie Collins from the New England Patriots, and he’s likely to receive a long-term extension or the franchise tag. Pairing him with an elite prospect like Garrett would be an outstanding beginning of a defensive rebuild in Cleveland.
Garrett has all the makings of an elite edge defender, equally capable against the run as he is against the pass and getting after the quarterback. Don’t mistake Garrett for another former elite edge rushing prospect to come out of Texas A&M, however. This player is going to be able to have a similar impact on games as Von Miller, but won’t be used the same at the next level really at all.
This is the most important pick of this new Cleveland regime. They can’t miss, so they have to take a prospect that is almost certain to be a star.