Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett is expected to be the first player selected off the board in the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft, but the 6-foot-4, 272-pound pass rusher has his sights set higher than just being the first overall pick in less than three weeks.
“You can compare me to those wide receivers and the great stars of the league, but I want to show that I’m in a league of my own,” Garrett said when asked about his best comparison, via ESPN The Magazine. “I don’t want anybody to be like me. By the end of my career, I don’t want to hear talk of another Myles Garrett. I want to be the greatest. The greatest that ever played, regardless of position or era. They say that’s Jerry Rice. If his total greatness is considered the best of all time, I want to exceed that.”
While Garrett hopes to exceed arguably the greatest NFL player of all-time regardless of position, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t respect the greats that have come before him. The Aggies dynamic pass rusher told ESPN The Magazine that he has been studying film of the NFL’s greatest pass rushers since high school.
“When they put me at end, my D-line coach, Gonzo, told me to start studying those guys,” Garrettt said. “So I did, from LT to Deacon Jones to Bruce Smith to Reggie White to DeMarcus Ware to J.J. Watt, then to all the big-time players across the line to the linebackers. From the very beginning, I wanted to be the best, whether it was sports or poetry.”
Garrett has clearly separated himself as an elite pass rusher ahead of the draft, and had one NFC executive compare him to NFL Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack prior to the start of the 2016 season.
The Aggies star pass rusher amassed 141 tackles, 31 sacks, 47 tackles for a loss, and seven forced fumbles in College Station and is looking to put his stamp on the league in his rookie season.
“I gotta win Defensive Player of the Year, whether it’s my first year or anywhere down the line, but that’s what I’m going for in my first year,” Garrett said. “I want to be the sack leader. I want to lead in TFLs. I want to be dominant from day one. I want the single-season sack record.”
The coveted defensive end is hoping to land with the Browns as the No. 1 overall selection in a little over two weeks, and made it clear that Cleveland would be making a big mistake if they chose to pass on him.
“Because I’ll be a difference maker from day one,” Garrett said when asked why Cleveland should select him first overall. “And I’m not gonna be in any trouble. 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.”