Myles Garrett had an insane performance at the NFL combine, running a 4.64 40-yard dash and recording a 41-inch vertical at 272 pounds.
Did the Texas A&M defensive end prospect solidify his status as the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft?
“Absolutely,” CBS Sports senior NFL Draft analyst Dane Brugler said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “And I think he basically made the Cleveland Browns’ decision with what to do at No. 1. He came in at 272 pounds. That’s something that I think was a little surprising. Most scouts thought he’d be around 260, maybe even closer to 255. So for him to come in at 272, over 35-inch arms and to have those results that he did, it’s just an unbelievable workout. More importantly, it matches what he put on the tape. I really believe this is the easiest decision for a team picking No. 1 overall since Indianapolis, when they took Andrew Luck No. 1 overall in 2012.”
The Browns have the first and 12th overall picks in this year’s draft and could opt for a quarterback after taking Garrett.
“We don’t have that clear No. 1 (quarterback) this year,” Brugler said. “I don’t think right now – and even the day before the draft – I don’t think we’ll have any idea about the order they’ll come off the board, and how early. How many will go in the top 10? It reminds me a lot of 2014, when we had guys like Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater, Manziel, Carr – even Garoppolo was in that mix. Even the day before the draft, we had no idea how quickly they’d come off the board. There’s plenty of talent in this quarterback group. It’s not a bad class; it’s just not a great class. You could poke holes in each on of these guys. I think it’s going to be interesting to see how the Browns play it with that No. 12 pick if one of those quarterbacks is available (at) 7 or 8. Do they maybe trade up and try to get that guy? Do they stay put at 12? Is there even a quarterback that they feel comfortable with in the first round? So there’s still a lot we have to figure out with the Browns and that quarterback situation.”
For Brugler, Mitchell Trubisky is the top quarterback prospect, followed by Deshaun Watson and DeShone Kizer.
“For me, Mitchell Trubisky is the first quarterback in this draft,” Brugler said. “The sample size is the big negative – only 13 starts – but when you watch his tape, those 13 games, it’s all there. The size, the athleticism, the arms strength, the accuracy – you see his passing instincts grow with each game. Is he inexperienced in some areas? Yes, you saw that in the bowl game against Stanford. Two bad reads led to two interceptions, but I think you see a player who is getting better. He might not have that huge ceiling, but I think he also has a pretty high floor in terms of who he can be at the next level: a solid starter.”
Brugler has Trubisky going tenth overall to Buffalo, with Watson and Kizer going 12th and 13th to Cleveland and Arizona, respectively.
“Watson, obviously the resume is outstanding, (but he also impressed teams during the interview process),” Brugler said. “That says something. Because going into those interviews, you expect Deshaun Watson to impress you. So the fact that he impressed them even more says a lot about who he is and how he carries himself. I think Deshaun Watson really helped himself here.”