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Defensive line prospects dream of playing alongside Myles Garrett

INDIANAPOLIS -- Last year, Bradley Chubb spoke his eventual draft destination into existence when he openly considered the possibility of playing alongside Denver's Von Miller.

At this year's NFL Scouting Combine, a few might have a chance to do the same with Myles Garrett.

With areas to grow along the defensive line present in Cleveland and a draft class that's deep at the position, the group's prospects were asked Saturday about the idea of playing alongside Garrett.

To no one's surprise, it sounded pretty good to Ed Oliver. 

"Me and Myles Garrett? Are you serious? Come on now," the Houston defensive lineman said. "There you go. A little one-two punch on 'em."

Mississippi State's Montez Sweat liked the possibility, too. 

"Playing across from Myles Garrett would be a blessing," Sweat said. "Just want to soak everything up from him, being the athletic freak and pass rusher that he is, that would be great." 

Sweat was part of a Mississippi State defensive line that also included interior defender Jeffery Simmons, who is not at the Combine because of a torn ACL suffered last month. Sweat is an edge rusher who came on strong in his final season with the Bulldogs thanks in part to playing alongside Simmons, who could end up falling out of the first round because of the injury and, perhaps, into the Day 2 scope of the Browns.

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"Some teams probably didn't look forward to (facing Mississippi State)," Sweat said. "He's going to take two (opposing blockers), sometimes I might take two. He attracted a double team so it allowed me to get those one-on-ones and he still excelled in that manner, which just shows how great of a player he is and just how great of a person he is. We leaned on each other throughout the whole year, throughout practice, throughout the games."

Oliver, meanwhile, is a disruptive force on the defensive front and described himself Saturday as a "penetrator" of offensive lines. The Browns are in the market for a player with those qualities to help stop the run.

Oliver might be gone by the time the draft reaches the Browns at No. 17. But if he happens to land with Cleveland, he'll find a familiar face there.

"One of my former teammates from Houston is out there, D'Juan Hines, he said he loves it, I'd love it," Oliver said.

"If I get out there and I'm playing and having fun, anywhere I'm playing and having fun is going to be a good fit for me." 

As many have made clear throughout the week in Indianapolis, this draft is strongest along the defensive line. Cleveland's can get even stronger if the Browns end up selecting one of those prospects come April, and it sounds as though they, too, would be thrilled.

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