Former Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick to the Cleveland Browns in the 2017 NFL Draft, his agent has told SB Nation. Aside from being a former five-star recruit and accounting for 48.5 tackles for a loss in three seasons during his Aggie career, there are a lot of fun and interesting facts about Garrett.
“He marches to a different beat,” A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin said, via USA Today, “and he plays that way, too.”
1. He almost went to Ohio State due to his affection for dinosaurs. Garrett’s obsession with now-extinct creatures was known even back when he was a recruit. In fact, it nearly caused him to commit to OSU, given the school’s paleontology program.
"They're the best in my field," Garrett said via Cleveland.com. "Paleontology, they're ranked No. 2 in big colleges, so that was a big factor. And location, if I want to get away from home, that's the best place to go. And they're a great football team, so it all adds up."
The Buckeyes were included in his final top five.
He ended up at Texas A&M, where he majored in university studies, but he also had minors in business administration and geology. He hasn’t graduated from Texas A&M, but says he plans on going back to school for paleontology, and even wants to pursue “a master's and possibly a Ph.D.”
He says it all started after he saw “Jurassic Park” as a youngster. Garrett said he would dig holes in hopes of excavating fossils. He also compares his playing style to an ancient reptile.
“Deinonychus,” Garrett told [Maria] Taylor. “It’s a type of raptor. It’s fast, vicious, it’s going for the killer blow and it’s got quick feet. I think I’ve got all of those traits.”
2. He writes poetry: In an interview last summer with The Ringer, Garrett said Muhammad Ali’s poetry stuck with him.
Garrett started writing his own poems and found comfort in the act regardless of what was happening in his life. Throughout high school, when asked to present his work, he preferred teachers or classmates to read his poetry aloud in front of the class.
"He writes poetry, reads a lot of poetry," fellow former Aggie Ricky Seals-Jones said. "You go in the locker room in a couple hours and if he's not sleeping, he probably has a book and is reading a book."
Garrett writes poetry about “anything I’m feeling. Love. Happiness. Sadness,” he’s said. “He reads voraciously; on his nightstand recently: Dark Rivers of the Heart, by Dean Koontz and Freaky Deaky, by Elmore Leonard. He sketches ‘people, places, animals, anything that pops into my mind.’”
3. His choice of favorite player says a lot about him. Deacon Jones, the Pro Football Hall of Famer was credited with coining the term “sacks,” which Garrett had 31 of during his Aggie career.
Garrett’s pick is interesting because Jones was retired for decades before Garrett was born. Most young DEs probably look up to current players like DeMarcus Ware, Von Miller, or J.J. Watt.
Jones was also known for his vocal opinions and for his off-field pursuits, such as an acting career. Like Garrett, he was more than just an athlete.
4. He’s wise beyond his years when it comes to social media. Garrett deleted his Instagram and Twitter accounts following his true freshman season at Texas A&M.
"It's just unnecessary," he told his parents, via ESPN. "There's too much foolishness on there."
Garrett re-joined Twitter in March before the draft. He doesn’t tweet all too often, but the account is still very new.
5. He thinks his superhero equivalent is The Flash. In a recent interview with ESPN The Magazine, he said that in high school he was called Superman, but prefers a different superhero nickname.
Around here they call me Flash. I prefer Flash. He's the fastest man alive, but he isn't invulnerable like Superman, he doesn't have all these powers, so he has so much pressure on him to keep up with the Justice League, and he handles it so well. That's my life.
6. He had some choice words for Cleveland leading up to the draft. Being the projected No. 1 overall pick to the Browns, the Aggie had a warning for the team. Garrett said if the Browns pass on him at No. 1, he’ll make sure they regret it.
“And because if you don't draft me No. 1, I will punish your team for the next 10 to 12 years,” Garrett said. “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.”
There are plenty of reasons for the Browns to go with Garrett with the top pick. He’s a dominant pass rusher and should be an impact player from the start.
That’s how Garrett sees things, too.
“Because I'll be a difference maker from day one,” Garrett said. “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.”
7. Before that, he really wanted to be a Cowboy. In February, the Arlington, Texas, native sent a video to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, asking him to trade up.
"I'm speaking to you, Jerry," Garrett said. "Mr. [Jason] Garrett, make it happen. Dak Prescott leads our team right now. I need you to take Tony Romo, take a couple picks, and give them to Cleveland so you can pick me up. Please, I'd love to play in Dallas; just make it happen."
8. He’ll take what he feels to be justice into his own hands. “He had it coming,” Garrett said about an LSU tight end. “He just kept holding me, so I picked him up, put him on his back and then I grabbed his face mask and kept jamming his helmet into the ground. I said, "I'm setting you straight right now. Don't do illegal holds."
Garrett did not say which LSU tight end he was talking about, but the ESPN broadcast showed Garrett throwing LSU tight end DeSean Smith to the turf as Derrius Guice scored a touchdown that put the Tigers ahead 34-10 in the third quarter, on a play for which Garrett drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
On the next play, the broadcast showed Garrett on top of Foster Moreau with the LSU tight end flat on his back after the extra-point kick. There was no penalty on that play.
9. He’s skipping the draft event to eat seafood. Garrett won’t be one of the 22 attendees at the draft in Philadelphia. Instead, his plans if he gets selected No. 1 overall include hugging his parents and then getting right back to eating his crawfish.
10. He hopes to bring Texas-style tacos to Cleveland. The place is called Fuego, and it apparently is Garrett’s favorite place. He loves it so much that in his Players’ Tribune love letter to College Station, he asked the city that drafts him to open a Fuego.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention something else I’ll miss deeply: Fuego, the finest taco dispensary on the planet. Those tacos were always there for me when I needed them most. Wherever I end up next, I will do whatever I can to make sure that Fuego opens a franchise in that city. This is something that is very important to me.
11. He ran the 40 faster than Deshaun Watson at the Combine. It wasn’t just the Clemson QB; Garrett out-ran all of the top quarterbacks in February with his 4.64 time in Indianapolis. Oh, and did we mention he’s 6’4, 242 pounds?