The Cleveland Browns probably didn’t ask LT Joe Thomas who they should draft in the first round, with the No. 1 overall pick. However, when Thomas was asked who he thought would go there on 92.3 The Fan’s Bull & Fox, he gave his answer. Per Keith Britton and CBS Cleveland, Thomas said that Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett “has become the consensus guy” at the top of the draft.
That’s not really a new take by Thomas. Garrett is the consensus guy in a lot of circles and is assumed to be the player the Browns will take if they decide to keep the No. 1 pick and not trade back. Obviously, everything with the draft is projection until it happens, but pass rushers often go very high, and the lack of a clear No. 1 at QB increases his stock even more.
Plus, the Browns have two first-round picks. They do need a QB, but they may be open to taking one with their second high pick, after taking Garrett at the top.
Garrett himself has been asked where he wants to be picked, and he said he hopes the Browns take him because he wants to go first overall. He was asked by ESPN’s Sam Alipour why they should take him and not a QB, and he said:
“Because I’ll be a difference maker from day one. 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.”