Over the next month, ClevelandBrowns.com will break down some of the best players in this year's NFL Draft class and what they could bring to Cleveland's youth-laden roster.*
Name: DE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
Measurables: 6-foot-4, 272 pounds
What makes him a first-round pick?
Hmmm...where to begin.
Garrett, widely viewed as something of a can't-miss talent, was simply dominant in three seasons at Texas A&M. He left College Station with 141 tackles, 47 tackles for loss and 31.5 sacks, having gone up against some of the nation's best competition. We'll get to his head-turning combine later, but what put Garrett on the map is an uncanny blend of size and speed and the production that came as a result of that combination.
NFL.com's Lance Zierlein wrote that Garrett is an "elite edge rusher who possesses rare explosiveness and the fluid-movement skills and agility of an NBA shooting guard" and his "pass-rush production and athletic traits point toward an all-pro career."
ESPN's Mel Kiper added Garrett is "a brilliant, natural pass-rusher."
And CBSSports.com's Dane Brugler: "Garrett is the No. 1 prospect in the 2017 class with his special ability to get upfield quicker than most due to his combination of athleticism, length and football intuition" and "should make an immediate NFL impact rushing the passer."
Biggest college moment?**
It's hard to pick just one game since the body of work is what stands out, but Garrett had arguably his most complete game against UCLA last year, notching three tackles, 1.5 TFLs, a sack, three hits and seven hurries. Pro Football Focus broke it down here.
How did he do at the combine?
Garrett cemented his draft stock in Indianapolis with a 4.64-second 40-yard dash (a truly impressive feat when you consider he's 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds), a 41-inch vertical, 10 foot, 8 inch vertical and 33 reps on the bench press.
Quote to know
"You have to be a game-changer. You have to be able to turn the tide of a game at any given time. Somebody who, when it's third-and-15 and maybe it's the fourth quarter and we need a stop to get the ball back, they put you in and say you're the guy. That's how good you have to be."
Why he would make sense for the Browns?**
Garrett is widely believed to be one of the best prospects in recent years and the Browns, owners of the first overall pick, can add an immediate impact player to their defense. Cleveland finished 30th in sacks last season and Garrett — a potentially game-changing edge rusher — would almost surely thrive in Gregg Williams' defense.
Reasons why he won't be available at No. 12? See above.