PHILADELPHIA (AP) — No surprises at the top of the NFL draft: Roger Goodell got booed, then Myles Garrett was picked first overall by the Cleveland Browns.
“C’mon, Philly, C’mon,” Goodell said Thursday night amid the boos, not even wincing at the reception. Moments later, he was back onstage announcing the Texas A&M defensive end’s name. Garrett, a junior and All-American considered the best pass rusher in this crop, is the first Aggie selected No. 1 overall.
Garrett was not on hand, but promised Cleveland fans “great things are coming.”
Cleveland went 1-15 last season and has holes everywhere. It ranked 31st defensively and had only 26 sacks.
There was speculation the Browns might go for a quarterback at the outset, but this draft doesn’t have any QBs considered that talented a prospect.
It has plenty of defensive stars, and Garrett was first off the board.
Chicago then sent a third-round pick, a fourth and a 2018 third to San Francisco to move up one spot for Mitchell Trubisky. Yes, a quarterback. Clearly, the Bears thought much more highly of the North Carolina product than most prognosticators.
“It was crazy,” Trubisky said. “There was no call. I didn’t think I was going to be picked until the commissioner said my name.”
San Francisco was up next, and new general manager John Lynch already was looking good for bringing in such a haul to drop back to No. 3. The 49ers took DE Solomon Thomas from just down the road at Stanford.