INDIANAPOLIS (92.3 The Fan) – Please accept my apology.
That’s what Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett plans to say Saturday night when he has his formal interview with the Cleveland Browns at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
“I’m sorry,” Garrett said Saturday afternoon regarding the video that surfaced last month but was filmed in December where he playfully pleaded for the Dallas Cowboys to trade up with the Browns to take him No. 1 instead.
Garrett, who did 33 reps of 225 on the bench press, said Saturday that the video was his greatest regret, but he swears he wasn’t poking fun at the Browns, who went 1-15 last season and remain one of the worst teams in the league.
“No. I mean, everybody has their down years and at any time [it] can be turned around,” Garrett said. The Cowboys, they turned around their season in a big way and anybody can do that.”
So what could Garrett bring to the Browns to help them turn their fortunes around?
“I feel like I’m a playmaker so I’m not going to have to worry about that,” Garrett said. “I feel like I’m going to bring some work ethic into practice and into the weight room that will change things around there, and maybe be a voice of leadership that can help swing things.”
It is presumed that Garrett will go No. 1 by nearly every analyst after he registered 8 1/2 sacks in 2016 despite playing with an ankle injury. The player that could challenge Garrett for the No. 1 pick is Alabama’s Jonathan Allen, who took home the top 4 defensive awards in college football this past season.
“He’s going for No. 1 and so am I,” Garrett said. “It’s no real animosity between us, but we’re vying for a spot and I’ve gotta get it.”
In 3 seasons at Texas A&M Garrett totaled 32 1/2 sacks and 48 1/2 tackles for loss but he knows what it takes to be the first player off the board.
“You have to be a game-changer,” Garrett said. “You have to be able to turn the tide of a game at any given time. Somebody who, when it’s third-and-15 and maybe it’s the fourth quarter and we need a stop to get the ball back, they put you in and say you’re the guy. That’s how good you have to be.”
Garrett also said he’d have no problem playing in cold weather despite earlier comments to the contrary, which he feels were also blown out of proportion.
“Me just being who I am. Joke around, being lighthearted, don’t mean to offend anybody,” Garrett said. “I crack a joke every now and then but I’ll play for anybody.”
Other than the apology, Garrett hasn’t done anything else to prepare to meet with the Browns as he gets to make his case for being their pick and the first name called at the draft on April 27.
“I just want to go in and see what they say,” Garrett said. “I don’t want to prepare anything. I just want to be genuine.”
Starting with his apology. All kidding aside.