While most feel that the Browns’ biggest need is at the quarterback position, there are rumblings that former LSU running back Leonard Fournette is the Browns’ target for the top overall pick in a couple of weeks. Many analysts feel that this year’s draft class lacks true NFL-ready quarterbacks; this will likely factor in to the Browns’ early round draft decisions. The franchise needs a tried and true quarterback and can’t afford to gamble at that position.
Then comes Fournette; widely regarded as the creme of the crop in a class loaded with top-tier running backs. There are three of four that could possibly be gone from the draft board by the end of the first round.
While Fournette is being discussed, the Browns will likely draft pass rusher Myles Garrett with the No. 1 pick. Garrett, formerly of Texas A & M, has issued a thinly veiled threat just in case Cleveland was thinking of selecting any player other than himself.
Speaking to ESPN The Magazine’s Sam Alipour, Garrett defended his biased opinion on why his name should be called first on April 27.
I’m just gonna make plays and bring a good atmosphere to your organization. And I’m gonna start winning and winning now. And because if you don’t draft me No. 1, I will punish your team for the next 10 to 12 years. I’ll knock your QB out of the game every time we play you, and I’ll have to kick the hell out of No. 1, whoever it is.
Garrett reiterated that he would like to call Cleveland home, despite the offseason video he made asking Dallas to trade up for him. Garrett apologized at the NFL Combine where he solidified his argument as the No. 1 pick running 4.64 in the 40; hitting 33 reps at 225 lbs; and registering a 41-inch vertical and 10 ft, 8 inch broad jump.