Cleveland offensive lineman Joe Thomas does not want the Browns to take a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft. Neither does Matt Miller – not if the Browns want to maximize the pick, that is.
“I think this year (Thomas is) on to something,” Miller, the Bleacher Report NFL Draft scout extraordinaire, said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “There’s not that clear-cut quarterback. You can say what you want about how Jared Goff performed this year, but a year ago, everyone in the NFL believed he was the No. 1 quarterback of the draft. Before that, we had Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota in the same class, so that was a really fortunate year. But you look at the landscape of quarterbacks right now and there really isn’t that go-to guy. What Joe Thomas is saying is, ‘Let’s go get a pass-rusher. Let’s get Myles Garrett from Texas A&M, and we’ll build up a strength on defense.’ Then you can take a couple different swings at quarterback.”
And hopefully connect on, say, the next Russell Wilson, a former third-round pick, or the next Dak Prescott, a former fourth-rounder.
“I think there’s a little bit of a trend now where people would love to find that mid-round quarterback that they can build around,” Miller said.
As for the aforementioned Garrett, Miller believes the A&M product is the clear-cut No. 1 prospect in this year’s draft.
“He’s like a Jadeveon Clowney with a better work ethic coming out of college,” Miller said. “So athletically, he’s going to kill people. It’s amazing. He’s probably going to run in the 4.5 range at 275 pounds, to be 6-4, he has power and leg agility – really, everything you want. You go down your checklist of what should a pass rusher look like, and he’s going to check every one of those boxes. So it’s really a no-brainer to make him the No. 1 pick, just like it was for Clowney back in 2014.”
In fact, Miller said Garrett is a combination of Clowney and Joey Bosa.
“He’s going to give you elite athletic traits, but he’s also going to give you that production right out of the gate,” Miller said, “whereas Clowney had to learn how to fight through adversity a little bit, how to work at the pro level. So with Garrett, you’re getting a guy who’s super intelligent, self-motivated, a hard worker, and he has those athletic traits that are going to just wow people when they see him at the Combine in about three weeks.”