Myles Garrett: The Next Big Thing
Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Myles Garrett. He’s a junior defensive end at Texas A&M, he’s 6’5” and 270 pounds, and he is currently the favorite to be the number one draft pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Back in the summer when I did a Pre-Season Mock Draft, I had Garrett going 3rd overall in the first round and I specifically remember saying that he could be ranked Number 1 had it not been for the heavy need of quarterbacks in the NFL. At the time, I had Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya taken before him. By the time October rolled around, it became pretty obvious. There is not a single quarterback worth taking at the number one overall spot in this year’s draft. I don’t even care if the Cleveland Browns and Chip Kelly’s Niners have the number one pick this year and have to wait five more years to get their quarterback. Myles Garrett is the best player on the board. Period!!!
The 2014 draft is one of the main reasons why I don’t feel that quarterbacks are a big need this year. The Houston Texans had the number one overall pick and were coming off a disastrous season at 2-14 in 2013. I still remember Richard Sherman’s pick 6 that basically ended Matt Schaub’s career as a starting quarterback. Seattle ended up winning that game in overtime and Houston would go on to lose every game for the rest of the season. All signs pointed to Houston drafting a quarterback at Number One overall and their new head coach, Bill O’Brien, was a man who knew how to work with quarterbacks as well. The quarterbacks taken in the first round that year were Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel, and Teddy Bridgewater (Derek Carr went in the 2nd round). None of those quarterbacks were even close to being the best player on the board. Honestly, there were two players that could’ve gone Number 1 overall that year. Obviously, the player that was picked first overall by the Texans was South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney. The other player that could’ve gone Number 1 overall actually ended up being drafted 5th overall and the team that drafted him ended up taking the best quarterback out of the draft class in the 2nd round (Derek Carr). That team was the Oakland Raiders and they drafted Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack. This past Monday Night Football game, the Raiders and Texans faced off against each other in Mexico City and the game was basically a clinic performed by Clowney, Mack, and Carr. The Houston Texans currently lead the AFC South at 6-4 and the Oakland Raiders are looking like Super Bowl favorites right now at 8-2. Blake Bortles is currently playing for the 2-8 Jaguars, who have failed to make any strides this year, Johnny Manziel is currently unemployed, and Teddy Bridgewater is rehabbing a torn ACL while his team, the Minnesota Vikings, are currently sporting a 6-5 record with Sam Bradford as his replacement.
What if I told you that Myles Garrett is the best NFL draft prospect since Jadeveon Clowney and he has an opportunity to become a better pass rusher than Khalil Mack? I’m not exaggerating. Garrett’s that good. He’s the same size as Clowney and taller and bigger than Mack. Anybody that plays offensive lineman right now should be studying every move Garrett makes. He’s unlockable!!