With the NFL combine in the rear view mirror, teams like the Cleveland Browns will further evaluate each prospect leading up to the NFL draft next month. The most popular pick to be selected number one overall is Texas A&M's explosive pass-rusher Myles Garrett. Garrett already put up impressive numbers in college, at the combine he continued to show his potential.
The Browns are in the market for a quarterback (because of course they are) so past Browns history says they will take a quarterback with the first pick. For once, that doesn't seem to be the case. It looks like the Browns will actually pick the best player available. Which could spell trouble for the Baltimore Ravens next season.
Multiple league sources have told Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot that Garrett's combine performance, both on the field and in the interview room, has all but clinched the team's decision of who will be their selection. Unless something changes, the player that will be on the team's draft card when it is turned in on April 27th, will be Myles Garrett. In terms of the quarterback position, Cabot says the Browns will still try to trade for New England Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garroppolo. Using the teams 12th overall pick as leverage.
Garrett was very explosive in college, he posted 141 tackles, 47 tackles for loss, and 31 sacks. At the combine, Garrett benched 33 repetitions at 225 pounds and ran a 4.64 40-yard dash. Garrett's draft stock was already high and it increased over the weekend. However, one source expressed some concern about Garrett to Cabot. He stated:
"He has a chance to bust. His effort was very inconsistent."
If everything stands, the Ravens will have to watch the Browns actually make a wise decision come draft day. The Ravens drafted left tackle Ronnie Stanley last year and he definitely displayed what he brings to the table during the 2016 season. All you have to do is watch the offensive line with him in the lineup, and then watch the line without him during the team's four-game losing streak.
If the Browns have indeed made their decision, there will be a lot of battles between Stanley and Garrett. Making Stanley's continued progression all the more vital for the Ravens, and for quarterback Joe Flacco’s well-being.