Tonight, Adam Schefter posted a tweet that is sure to cause a commotion.
Just had an NFL exec tell me, “Don’t be surprised if Myles Garrett isn’t the No. 1 pick.” Exec convinced a QB is in discussion at No. 1.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 12, 2017
In a separate tweet, Schefter clarified that some executives like Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett while others prefer North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
The Browns has needed a quarterback pretty much since returning to the NFL, but Garrett has been the overwhelming favorite to be taken first overall since the end of the season, and it is easy to see why. Garrett is a tremendous pass rusher with a lightning-quick first step and a series of moves he can use to blow through opposing tackles to get to the quarterback.
On the other hand, this is an incredibly weak quarterback class. Trubisky may be the top dog, but he still comes with plenty of flaws. He doesn’t have a lot of college experience, he wasn’t a starter until last season and spent most of his time working out of the shotgun. Additionally his field vision and decision making needs work.
It’s important to take the best player available in the draft, especially with the first overall pick. Garrett makes much better sense for the Browns here and, like Trubisky, still fills a significant need for the team.
This is also draft season, however, so false stories leaked to the media are always common. Cleveland could be gauging the market to see what they could get for the top pick. If they are genuinely trying to decide between the two players however, they do have the draft capital to move up and select Trubisky. Along with an additional pick in the first round, Cleveland owns two picks in the second round of this year’s draft and three in 2018. If San Francisco passes on Trubisky, Cleveland could try to move up before the Jets select at No. 6.