Myles Garrett Says He Hopes Browns Select Him No. 1 in 2017 NFL Draft

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistApril 10, 2017

Former Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett looks on during Texas A&M Pro Day at the NCAA football team's indoor training facility, Thursday, Match 30, 2017, in College Station, Texas. The event is to showcase players for the upcoming NFL football draft. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
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If the Cleveland Browns select Myles Garrett with the No. 1 overall pick later this month, the Texas A&M defensive end says he's ready to embrace the opportunity. 

"If there's the opportunity to turn things around, that's what great players do," Garrett said Monday, per Pat McManamon of ESPN.com. "They don't complain or become complacent with losing. They just go back to work every day and try to turn things around and make wherever they are a great place to be."

Garrett is widely considered the favorite to go No. 1 overall. He recorded 31 sacks and 47 tackles for loss during his three seasons at Texas A&M.

Listed at 6'4" and 272 pounds, Garrett turned in a stellar combine that made it clear he's one of the most athletic pass-rushers in recent memory.

Based on his public comments, Garrett is determined to be great at the next level. In an interview with Sam Alipour of ESPN the Magazine, Garrett said he would haunt the Browns if they did not take him with the top pick.

"Because I'll be a difference maker from day one. And I'm not gonna be in any trouble," Garrett said when explaining why the Browns should take him. "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."

While Garrett had been previously open about his desire to play for a warm-weather city—and for his love of the Dallas Cowboys—it seems wanting to go No. 1 trumps anything else.

"The Cowboys are my hometown team, but when push comes to shove, I want to go No. 1," Garrett said. "I don't want trades, wondering where my fate lies. Whoever has the first pick, just go ahead and take me. I have no allegiance. I want to go No. 1."


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