Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was the consensus No. 1 overall talent in the 2017 NFL Draft, but that doesn't mean the 6-foot-4, 272-pound pass rusher isn't willing to learn at the next level. He's drawn both heavy criticism and praise, but his ability to handle the former has been lacking.
Garrett has high aspirations, entering his rookie season, and has been on the record stating that he wants to exceed Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice's greatness. Garrett politely declined, he said, because he would not stray from his nightly cardiovascular workout, which he completed in his downtown hotel exercise room.
"What I am trying to do right now is to get them to understand the coaching that is here and what they are going to come into and truly have them understand that they are just a piece of the puzzle and that they have to come in and truly embrace the veteran guys and understand how they do it", he said.
It was Hall of Famer Bruce Smith that opened his eyes when the 2 watched film together earlier this year.
"You are looking at the back tip (of the ball) and trying to get your first move on him so you can beat him for that first step and beat him to the midline", Garrett said of the offensive lineman. In his defense, he said Thomas wasn't wearing a name tag and said being here's going to be a lot of fun. Myles Garrett, the defensive end from Texas A&M, went number one overall to the Cleveland Browns.
"I have high expectations for myself", Garrett said. "No matter where they put me at or what kind of plays they have me in, I know that they are going to put me in the best position to make plays".
"Hopefully I can roll with these guys and be a benefit", Garrett said.
Garrett said life as the No. 1 pick is mostly the same, with a few more "random" requests to pose for pictures. "Just take advantage of all the opportunities that I've been given and go out there and be yourself". "I think he wants to have that kind of thought process throughout the league, but I think he gets that he has to earn that".
Williams told the two that he "wanted two players out of this draft, and you are my guys".
Steelers right tackle Marcus Gilbert tweeted, "See you 9/10 big fella". I won't run from that. And that's what we're going to do. He's very bright, intelligent, scored incredibly well on some of the psychological testing we did with him, and he comes from a solid family.