2020 NFL Draft

5 reasons why Myles Garrett is the Browns' No. 1 overall pick

It's official: Myles Garrett is the newest member of the Cleveland Browns.

Here are five reasons why he's the No. 1 overall pick.

1. Production. In three seasons at Texas A&M, Garrett amassed 31 sacks, 47 tackles-for-loss, 141 tackles, five pass breakups and an interception. In his final year with the Aggies, Garrett played through a high-ankle sprain, still managing 8.5 sacks and 15 tackles-for-loss.

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2. Physics. Garrett defied them at the NFL's Scouting Combine in March during a jaw-dropping display where the 272-pounder clocked a 4.67 40-yard dash, posted 32 reps on the bench press and shined in other agility drills.

3. Potential. In a new-look defense that aims to play toward the strengths of its personnel, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will have the chance to get the most out of Garrett's unusual skillset. The Browns finished 31 out of 32 teams in total defense last season, a figure Garrett can help rectify next year.

The Cleveland Browns draft Myles Garrett first overall in the 2017 NFL Draft.

4. The back end. The more pressure Garrett and the Browns defensive line can put on opposing quarterbacks, the less time Cleveland's defensive secondary has to cover receivers who will inevitably become open as precious seconds tick by.

5. Generational. At the NFL's Annual Meeting last month, head coach Hue Jackson said the No. 1 pick is reserved for a "generational" type of player. In selecting Garrett, Cleveland certainly believes Garrett can make an impact Day 1 and be something of a cornerstone to build around. "I just feel like he would be an immediate impact player," cornerback Joe Haden said of Garrett last week, "and I feel like he would be a guy that we could have rushing the passer for years to come."


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