Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks in 2018.
The second-year defensive end finished the season with 13.5 sacks - good for seventh-best in the NFL and just a half-sack off Reggie Camp’s “official” team record of 14 - while earning his second Pro Bowl selection.
Those efforts helped Garrett debut at No. 49 on NFL.com’s list of the 100 best players for 2019:
Back-to-back Browns in the middle of the Top 100. Imagine saying that two years ago when DeShone Kizer was their quarterback and they went 0-16? Garrett suffered through an injury-ridden rookie year, playing just 11 games. But he was fully healthy throughout 2018, and that was bad news for quarterbacks. Garrett nearly doubled his sacks (7.0 to 13.5) and tackles (19 to 35) in Year 2. His 29 quarterback hits was fifth in the NFL and third among defensive ends. Aaron Donald and J.J. Watt both won AP Defensive Player of the Year in their fourth season, so 2019 could be the prequel to a dominant run for Garrett.
While No. 49 is an impressive number for his debut on the list, Garrett took to Twitter after the announcement to let the league know he is not satisfied:
They may not be the only Browns to ultimately appear on the list, as wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. should still see his name called, and running back Nick Chubb and cornerback Denzel Ward have an outside chance of being selected as well.