Myles Garrett, as many scouts have pointed out, is not a finished product. He needs to improve against the run, and he could use a little more consistency in the pass rush.
But he’s still a no-brainer No. 1 pick for the Cleveland Browns.
“I’m going to take Myles Garrett because I need that rush guy,” CBS Sports Network college football analyst Houston Nutt said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “You got to have him, I got to have a lockdown corner, and you got to have a quarterback, too. There’s no question about that. (Mitchell) Trubisky is a student of the game, he’s tough, he’s physical, he’s that prototype-looking guy, very, very accurate – but I just don’t see how you can pass up on a Myles Garrett if I’m sitting in the Cleveland room.”
Trubisky started just 13 games at North Carolina. Last year, he completed 68.2 percent of his passes for 3,748 yards, 30 touchdowns and six interceptions.
“He’s kind of shown us just a little bit, and it looks good – there’s no question,” Nutt said of the Mentor, Ohio, native. “But there’s still some growing. Going from college to pro, that’s a big leap as well. Cleveland has had some quarterback problems, and they want a quarterback, there’s no question about that. But boy, if you’re sitting in the room and you said, ‘Hey, make a decision,’ I want No. 15, Myles Garrett.”
While Nutt likes Trubisky, he’s more enamored with Deshaun Watson, who led Clemson to back-to-back national title games – and, this year, a national championship.
“That’s the guy that I love,” Nutt said. “I love his athleticism. I know there were some times earlier on that he threw interceptions, and what I love (is) he stood up to the microphone and he says, ‘You know what? It is my fault. I have forced some throws.’ But as you go and as you look at that last season, look at the last five games, especially against Alabama, a great defense: 90 yards left, last series of the game, it’s on you, Deshaun. What does he do? Execute. Throws it to the right guys. Gets them in (and out) of the huddle (and) on the line of scrimmage. The time-clock management, all those things – man, he was on it. I just love this guy. I love his athleticism. I love the way he throws the football.”