With Their First Pick, Cleveland Needs to Select Myles Garrett

Over the past few days, speculation has begun to grow around the NFL as to whether or not the Cleveland Browns will draft Myles Garrett with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft in a few weeks. The Browns may want to use that pick on quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, but with a slew of other picks in the first few rounds, Garrett has to be the first player off of the board.

Garrett is a rare breed of athleticism and size that comes around once every eight or 10 years. He has the ability to be an immediate impact player in Cleveland, who has built a solid nucleus of young players on that side of the ball.

Aside from Garrett, drafting a quarterback in this class this early would prove to be a huge mistake. This is one of the weaker quarterback classes in the last decade, and Trubisky, who is the consensus top signal-caller available, is nowhere near as talented as Carson Wentz, the number two overall pick in last year’s draft. Drafting a quarterback so high is a wasted pick, and bringing a player in Trubisky, who only started 13 games at North Carolina, to a toxic environment like Cleveland would undoubtedly continue their historically putrid run with starting quarterbacks.

Myles Garrett
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With five picks in the first three rounds, including the 12th overall pick in the first round, Cleveland has the picks to address other needs before quarterback. If anything, draft Garrett first overall and then get Trubisky with at 12. If the Jets at six or any other team snags him before then, DeShaun Watson and DeShone Kizer will more than likely still be on the board. Heck, the could easily use a second or third-round pick on Patrick Mahomes out of Texas Tech, who shows plenty of promise.

 

If the Browns would like to turn the corner and start digging themselves out of the pit of mediocrity they’ve been in for decades, they’ll be smart on draft day. Make smart picks and add weapons on both sides of the ball before taking a chance on your next franchise quarterback.

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