ORLANDO — A defensive line bookended by Myles Garrett and Bradley Chubb? Don't tease Browns coach Hue Jackson, who said he's already envisioned what that might look like if Cleveland decides to scoop up the gifted N.C. State edge rusher in the NFL Draft next month.
"You kind of play that scenario game with all these different guys," Jackson said Tuesday at the league's annual meeting. "I wish I could have them all."
While the Browns are seriously considering taking a quarterback with the first overall pick, it's less clear what they'll do three spots later. Among a pool of candidates who should be available, Chubb — who's projected to be a top-five pick — could intrigue Cleveland if he's still there at No. 4. If the Browns were to tab Chubb, it would be the second straight year they've used a top-five pick on a game-changing pass rusher. In 2017, Cleveland picked Myles Garrett, the former Texas A&M star, with the No. 1 pick. Despite a nagging ankle injury, Garrett led the team with seven sacks in 11 games.
So where does Chubb stack up to Garrett? Browns general manager John Dorsey said Monday the two are similarly dominating players but gifted in different ways.
"They play the game in different levels. Myles is such an athletic, to me, he's more like Julius Peppers in terms of his movement skills and his length and how he plays," Dorsey said when asked to compare the two defensive ends. "Chubb plays the game a little bit differently, but he's still an unbelievable defensive prospect for this draft."
In any case, Chubb — who made his case to be the first overall pick at the league's scouting combine earlier this month — remains in the mix for the Browns, who maintain they'll use their first two picks on the best available players.
"There will be good scenarios," Jackson said, "as we come down to the end here."