The NFL Draft is just around the corner. There are many rumors regarding players and possible trades. The Chicago Bears are playing things pretty close to the chest. There have been rumors saying they want a quarterback at three and others that indicate they will take the best player available or even trade back.
At this point, no one knows what the Bears are going to do, but if a recent report is true, things could become a little bit more clear.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Cleveland Browns may not be a lock to select defensive-end Myles Garrett with the number one overall pick.
Schefter also made it known that the Browns are really fond of Mitchell Trubisky.
It’s obvious that the Browns are still up in the air about who they will select with the number one overall pick, which is promising news for the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears, who own the number two and three overall picks.
Is it crazy to think the Browns will pass on Garrett? No, especially after looking at the Browns track record. Don’t forget this is the same franchise that has wasted high draft picks on Brandon Weeden and Johnny Manziel. When it comes to the Browns, anything is possible. In no way am I saying Trubisky is a bad player, but he should not be taken over Garrett. That is especially true considering the Browns could trade up from the number 12 overall pick to select Trubisky while still holding onto the number one overall pick and drafting Garrett.
For Bears fans, this is good and bad news. The good being that the best overall player in the draft could fall to them. The bad being that the 49ers would almost have no choice but to take Garrett with the second overall pick. The 49ers reportedly really like defensive linemen Solomon Thomas from Stanford. Solomon is very good, but he’s no Myles Garrett.
Anything can happen on draft night. Bears fans and other fans around the league need to realize this. Things can happen fast; you never know what you’re going to get. If Garrett is available at three, the Bears would be foolish not to select him. He is the one player that has separated himself from the rest of the field. You don’t pass up on players like that.
As a true freshman at Texas A&M, Garret recorded 11.5 sacks, breaking school records in the process. As a sophomore, Garrett was dominant. He feasted on the SEC tallying 12.5 sacks, 19.5 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles.
Going into 2016 many scouts questioned the talent level Garrett had faced in his first two seasons. He proved everyone wrong. In his final season at Texas A&M, Garrett against NFL caliber offensive lines, had 8.5 sacks, 141 total tackles, and two forced fumbles.
Garrett is the most talented and physically gifted athlete in the draft and it’s not even close. He has Jadeveon Clowney type raw athletic ability. He compares to a player in-between Julius Peppers and Von Miller. He has a long way to go, but that’s the type of impact he could have as a NFL player in the right defensive scheme.
Hopefully, the Browns overthink and pass on Garrett. I wouldn’t count on it though.