The Browns may still be deciding on the No. 1 overall draft pick. Joe Haden has made his selection.
Cleveland’s star cornerback said Tuesday he’d be “super excited” if the Browns chose Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett next week with the top pick in the NFL draft. Haden blurted out Garrett’s name after he was asked if he would be OK with the team taking a defensive player first overall.
Garrett, a 6-foot-4, 272-pound sack specialist, is the consensus top player available and the Browns, who went 1-15 last season, will have first crack at him.
Haden, a two-time Pro Bowl cornerback, said he would be “super-excited” to see Garrett join the Browns’ defense. His evaluation isn’t on word of mouth. He follows the draft, and watches video of players.
“Watching him on tape I just feel like he’ll be an immediate impact player and I just feel like he’ll be a guy that we could have rushing the passer for years to come,” Haden said.
His feelings on Garrett were evident to the point that he said once Garrett is taken first, what follows won’t matter. “After number one, I’m good,” Haden said. “They can just do whatever they gotta do.”
Garrett compiled 32.5 sacks and 48.5 tackles for loss over the past three seasons for Texas A&M.