Myles Garrett Says He'll 'Punish' Browns If Not Selected No. 1 in 2017 NFL Draft

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 9, 2017

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 17:  Defensive lineman Myles Garrett #15 of the Texas A&M Aggies celebrates after sacking quarterback Sean White of the Auburn Tigers during an NCAA college football game on September 17, 2016 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
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Texas A&M Aggies star Myles Garrett vowed revenge against the Cleveland Browns should the team pass on him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

ESPN The Magazine's Sam Alipour asked Garrett why he should be the top selection in the draft, and the talented defensive end said he'd take being passed over as a personal slight to fuel his success in the league:

I'm just gonna make plays and bring a good atmosphere to your organization. And I'm gonna start winning and winning now. And because if you don't draft me No. 1, I will punish your team for the next 10 to 12 years. I'll knock your QB out of the game every time we play you, and I'll have to kick the hell out of No. 1, whoever it is.

Garrett added he's hopeful Cleveland will be his next home since the Browns own the No. 1 pick.

Garrett is widely considered the best player in this year's draft class. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller ranked Garrett No. 1 in his most recent big board and tweeted the Browns would be foolish to pass up the chance to add the pass-rusher:

In three years at Texas A&M, Garrett recorded 31 sacks and 47 tackles for loss. He also impressed at the NFL Scouting Combine, running a 4.64-second 40-yard dash and reaching 41 inches on his vertical leap. 

If the Browns only had one first-round pick, then they could potentially have a better reason to go with someone other than Garrett to kick off the first round of the draft. However, they have the 12th overall selection as well, giving general manager Sashi Brown more flexibility.

Cleveland can focus purely on talent with the No. 1 pick—selecting Garrett—and then target a position of need—such as quarterback—a few picks later.

Browns fans have watched the franchise fall flat numerous times on draft day. Taking Garrett would be a sign Cleveland is finally headed in the right direction.

 

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