If Myles Garrett, one of the top prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft, had a choice of what team he would like to play for next season, it appears he would prefer to stay in his home state. The standout defensive end from Texas A&M said he would like to play for America’s Team and even proposed a wild trade offer in order for the Dallas Cowboys to move up to the No. 1 slot to grab him.
“I’m speaking to you, Jerry,” Garrett said in a video filmed last December at the College Football Awards (but was later released on Friday by ESPN). “Mr. (coach 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.”
The social media producer from ESPN wanted to clear up any speculation that Garrett didn’t want to play for the Browns, saying Garrett’s statement was “100 percent supposed to be fun,” and in the spirit of the event.
After Romo, the longtime Cowboys’ quarterback, suffered a back injury in the preseason, Prescott took the reins and led the Cowboys to an NFC-best 13-3 regular season record. He was voted Offensive Rookie of the Year for his masterful play under center. Dallas’ quarterback situation is in good shape with Prescott as the leader, so the Cowboys will most likely try to fill some voids on the defensive side of the ball to give their team the best shot at another championship caliber season.
While the Cowboys sorely need an upgrade at defensive end and have a franchise quarterback to use as potential trade bait, the Browns will probably demand a king’s ransom to hand over the first pick, especially to a team who currently holds the No. 28 pick.
However, Garrett made his comments about Dallas with a smile on his face, so the suggestion he proposed is probably just a case of wishful thinking and isn’t anything to look further in to.
Garrett is projected by numerous experts (such as Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com) to be taken first overall in the draft, as Cleveland reportedly thought the world of Garrett, giving him an “astronomical grade” back in December. The only thing that may concern the Browns is Garrett would rather not play in a cold-weather city.