Starting with Bears, surprises galore on Day 1 of NFL draft

Jessica Allison
May 3, 2017

Garrett, a freakish athlete who has been accused of sometimes taking plays off, could help change that. They had the opportunity to select Clemson's Deshaun Watson with the 12th pick, but traded it to the Texans in exchange for the 25th pick and an additional first-rounder next year.

The Browns have selected former Miami tight end David Njoku with the 29th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

All of which overshadowed the predictable at the top of the draft: Roger Goodell got booed, then Myles Garrett was picked first by the Cleveland Browns. I'm happy to be a member of the Cleveland Browns organization.

It is too early to know exactly how these guys will turn out, but we can use the information provided to put together an early opinion on how each team did. "We do recognize that we need a quarterback, but we're not going to chase it".

Cleveland, who have finished last in the AFC North nine years in a row, traded themselves into three selections in the first round.

"We won't rest until we solidify the position", he said.

Number one National Football League draft pick and the newest member of the Cleveland Browns Myles Garrett throws out the first pitch prior to the game between the Cleveland Indians and the Seattle Mariners at Progressive Field on April 28, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland let it to come to them, and the team took the best player available in Myles Garrett.

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"He's attractive", the coach said. We see what a team does and instantly love it or hate it.

"You're trying to anticipate what's going to happen", Texans GM Rick Smith said. "I've been watching him for a very long time growing up".

Garrett recorded 32½ sacks during his three seasons with the Aggies. With Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster going 31st to the 49ers, the SEC equaled the Atlantic Coast Conference's 12 first-round selections in the 2006 draft, which the SEC matched in 2013.

In Cleveland, he'll be tasked with aiding a defense that ranked tied for 30th with just 26 sacks last season.

Peppers played some offense for the Wolverines, but Jackson said the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder will be at either free or strong safety.

On Dayes: "We actually thought he was one of the better pass protectors in the class", Berry said.

Foster, widely considered a top-10 talent, fell out of favor after a spat with a physician at the combine and a diluted drug-test sample further clouded his draft standing.

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