Myles Garrett Asks Jerry Jones, Cowboys to Trade Up to Select Him in NFL Draft

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 10, 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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Myles Garrett wants to play for the Dallas Cowboys, and he let them know as much on Friday.  

In a video posted by ESPN.com, the former Texas A&M defensive end pleaded for the Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones to make a trade with the Cleveland Browns—who own the No. 1 selection in April's draft—in order to acquire him. 

"I'm speaking to you, Jerry. Mr. [head coach Jason] Garrett, make it happen," he said. "Dak Prescott is leading our team right now. I need you to take Tony Romo, take a couple picks and give 'em to Cleveland so you can pick me up, please. I'd love to play in Dallas. Just make it happen." 

Chase Williams WPXI @chasepwilliams

Projected #1 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, Myles Garrett makes it known he wants to play for the #DallasCowboys https://t.co/idyWFAEOfH

However, Garrett walked back the request later in the night, saying he'd be happy to play for the Browns, per Mark Berman of Fox 26:

Mark Berman @MarkBermanFox26

.@AggieFootball DE Myles Garrett would love to play for the @Browns. https://t.co/Sj3W2tqbnx

Garrett's plea is a bit ambitious, but it is worth noting the Browns have willingly dealt coveted picks over the past few seasons. 

For instance, Cleveland shipped the sixth pick in the 2011 draft to the Atlanta Falcons, who wound up selecting Julio Jones. In return, the Browns received a first- and second-round pick and two fourth-round picks in 2011, along with a first-round selection in 2012. 

Then there was 2016, when the Browns dealt the second overall pick to the Philadelphia Eagles, who selected quarterback Carson Wentz out of North Dakota State.

As compensation, the Eagles sent the Browns their 2016 first-round pick, third- and fourth-round picks in 2016, their 2017 first-round selection and a second-round draft choice in 2018. 

According to Bleacher Report's Matt Miller, Garrett is the top prospect in this year's draft class. As a result, Miller projected Garrett to land with the Browns in his latest mock draft

While the Browns are in desperate need of stability under center, Miller noted a pass-rusher of Garrett's caliber could change the complexion of their defense. 

"Garrett is a 6'5", 270-pound team-changing presence coming off the right edge of the defense," he wrote. "While he can't throw touchdowns, Garrett's elite athleticism and pass-rushing moves will do a great job limiting them."