The end of the season means it’s time for awards and honors to start being doled out. While the official ones are still on the way, Pro Football Focus took the time to unveil their 2017 NFL All-Pro teams, based on their grades.
No members of the Cleveland Browns made PFF’s All-Pro team, but one player — left guard Joel Bitonio — made their second-team All-Pro list. He finishes just behind Andrew Norwell of the Carolina Panthers, who “didn’t allow a sack or a hit on the quarterback all season.” That’s a pretty high bar.
PFF also unveiled their final rookie rankings based on season grades, and Browns DE Myles Garrett came in seventh:
Here is what PFF said about Garrett:
Garrett finishes the season ranked 13th among edge defenders in terms of overall grade, and he’s 1-of-9 edge defenders to finish with grades of at least 85.0 in both run defense and as a pass-rusher. The first-overall pick finished seven straight games with a grade of at least 78.3 to end the season and graded below 74.3 just once all year. Garrett finished every game he played this year with multiple pressures, tallying at least three pressures nine times, and he recorded at least one knockdown in all but one contest. There were few bright spots this season for the Browns, but Garrett was certainly one of them.
It’s great to see Garrett up there, even with the injuries he suffered and played through. It’s also a little discouraging to see so many good defensive backs in last year’s class, and that Cleveland didn’t have any of them despite having three first-round picks.