Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett said on Saturday he'd prove why he was the best player in this year's NFL Draft class. At least to the degree (as with anything else at the combine) it can be valued as it relates to playing football.
Previously in the Combine, Garrett pumped out 33 reps on the 225-pound bench press.
A 41-inch vertical is simply unreal, and ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay was also clearly impressed.
The Browns hold the first overall pick. It was the first time a 270-pound defensive lineman recorded a vertical leap of 40 or more inches since Mario Williams in 2006.
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Oh, Garrett's broad jump rocked, too. For comparison, there were five wide receivers who ran slower 40 times than Garrett did.
So far, he's walked the talk here at the league's annual scouting combine. He said he was meeting with the Browns later in the day, and would apologize for it. The only thing that might change this is if the Browns - these are the Browns, yes - were to trade the pick. All the Browns need to do is take Garrett's tape from the season, along with his performance today at the Combine, and write his name on the draft card. He talked about wanting to be drafted by the Dallas Cowboys to keep him out of Cleveland.
Either way, Myles Garrett is The Man of the NFL Draft. The feat is even more impressive when you consider Garrett's freakishly long arms at 35 1/4 inches.