Published: Fri, April 28, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

NFL Draft: Browns reportedly taking Myles Garrett No. 1 overall despite rumors

The Cleveland Browns had debated whom to select with the No. 1 overall pick, but now are planning to draft defensive end Myles Garrett, sources confirmed to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Garrett, a former Texas A&M star, has received widespread acclaim as a potential defensive standout.

Considered an elite pass rusher with an explosive burst off the ball, Garrett can immediately upgrade what was already a solid Browns defense.

As Goodell announced Houston had selected Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson with the 12th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Cleveland fans decided they'd had enough, that braving the chilly late-April weather wasn't worth waiting around for pick No. 25, and the Muni Lot crowd called it a night.

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Garrett, though, also has been criticized for not going all out on every play, but said that criticism only has served as motivation.

Cleveland became the first team to make three picks in the first round, but not using any of them on a quarterback was a surprise.

Cleveland, of course, has the No. 1 overall pick and needs a quarterback, a year after sitting at two and bypassing on Wentz by trading down and collecting additional assets. While Fournette is an extremely talented player, he may be set up for failure in Jacksonville.

Cleveland, who have finished last in the AFC North nine years in a row, traded themselves into three selections in the first round.

Evans, an unrestricted free agent, started all 16 games for New Orleans last season and 169 contests in all since being picked by the Saints in the fourth round of the 2006 National Football League draft. Chicago gave up the No. 3 pick, a third- and fourth-rounder this year and a third-rounder in next year's draft to move up the one spot. While Garrett was bothered by some injuries last season, at times he was unblockable in the tough SEC. "I told you that you were my guy, '" Garrett said.

The glut of offensive players also included the surprisingly early selections of wide receivers Corey Davis (fifth to Tennessee), Mike Williams (seventh to the Chargers) and John Ross (ninth to Cincinnati). Safety Malik Hooker went to the Indianapolis Colts at 15th and Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen lasted until the Washington Redskins at No. 17.

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