Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has done just about everything the team could want from a No. 1 overall draft selection.
Garrett has posted double-digit sacks number in each of the past three seasons, and his 42.5 career sacks puts him at third on the franchise’s all-time list.
He has done that while missing time due to COVID-19, an unwarranted league suspension, weekly double and triple teams, and not always being surrounded by the best talent on the field.
Many of those factors will not be present this fall, most notably the talent on the field, which should set up Garrett to make a run at the franchise’s single-season sack record as well as Defensive Player of the Year honors.
That is why Garrett comes in at No. 25 on Pro Football Focus’ annual list of the league’s Top 50 players, as compiled by Sam Monson:
I’m still not convinced that we’ve seen the very best Garrett has to offer over a full season. He now has back-to-back years with a PFF pass-rushing grade north of 90.0 — though his 2019 was cut in half due to a suspension — and his overall PFF grade has been at least 86.0 in each of the last three seasons. With Jadeveon Clowney now signed with Cleveland alongside other upgrades on the interior, Garrett could be about to set a new benchmark in 2021.