The Cleveland Browns plan to select former Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft Thursday night, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports.
According to Cabot, the Browns “solidified” their plans to take the pass rusher Thursday afternoon. However, multiple people within the organization have known who they would take for some time now.
The Browns had debated selecting Garrett or former North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with the No. 1 selection. Cleveland also owns the No. 12 overall pick.
Garrett has received near universal acclaim as a potential defensive standout. He left the Aggies with 31 career sacks and 141 tackles.
In his final season, he had 15 tackles for a loss and 8.5 sacks while playing through an ankle injury. Garrett is 6-foot-4 and 272 pounds, and at the NFL scouting combine, he ran a 4.64-second 40-yard dash. His combination of size, speed, quickness and agility have brought comparisons to Julius Peppers.
Garrett has been criticized for not going all-out on every play, but Browns vice president of player personnel Andrew Berry attributed that to the large number of plays in which college players are on the field; up-tempo offenses add plays to games.
Garrett would join a defense coached by Gregg Williams that includes Jamie Collins at linebacker, an improving Danny Shelton and Emmanuel Ogbah on the line and Joe Haden at cornerback.