By: Jeremy Reynolds (Twitter: @ReynoldsJN)
Player Analysis: Myles Garrett
Myles Garrett geared to dominate rookie season
Myles Garrett a 6’4”, 270lbs dominate down lineman, selected one overall by the Cleveland Browns. Landing in the AFC North, Garret battles two below average offensive lines in Baltimore and Cincinnati twice a year. Along with those two stat padding offensive lines, the Brown’s schedule includes nine total games with lines ranked 20 or below by Pro Football Focus. In addition to shoddy line play, Garrett could potentially miss facing Joe Flacco and Andrew Luck in weeks two and three. If the injury situation plays out in that manner, the schedule is almost half full of backup and rookie quarterbacks; and the potential week 17 matchup of Josh Dobbs or Landry Jones if the Steelers have a playoff spot secure.
Myles’ experience in the SEC has enhanced and developed his pass rushing abilities. In 2016 the Aggies faced seven of Athlon Sports top 40 offensive lines. During these seven games, an injury riddled Garrett racked up 10 solo tackles, 4 sacks, and 8 quarterback hurries. Since signing with the Browns, the standout defensive end is already turning heads in camp. Garrett is receiving first team reps, and forcing his will on Cleveland’s second ranked offensive line. The most notable of this domination was becoming a YouTube sensation by destroying Joe Thomas on an edge rush.
Last year’s number three overall draft pick and defensive rookie of the year Joey Bosa capped his inaugural NFL campaign with 29 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, and 10.5 sacks after missing the first four games of the season. Bosa was able to make his presence felt even though he held out during training camp and dealt with early season injuries while facing a tougher schedule than what Myles will be facing. Garrett having a full NFL offseason to prepare his body and mind for a full season will surpass Bosa’s production.
Cleveland’s soft early schedule is primed to boost Myles Garrett’s confidence and boost his momentum to dominate the league in 2017. To highlight the lack of big time competition he will be facing, the Colts and Bengals surrendered 40 or more sacks, and nine other future opponents gave up 30 or more sacks last year. Headed into the season healthy and with the bulk of the bad line play coming during the first twelve games, Garrett’s motor, skill, and ability will have eyeing the rookie of the year award, and the rookie sack record.
35 Tackles (16 for Loss), 15 sacks