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Published: Wed, May 10, 2017
World | By Lorena Waters

Browns choose Garrett first in National Football League draft

Browns choose Garrett first in National Football League draft

The Browns traded back - swapping with the Green Bay Packers - into the first round and selected former Miami Hurricane David Njoku with the 29th pick of the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night.

It's nearly a tradition now to have NFL draft picks throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Major League Baseball games.

The Cleveland Browns selected defensive end Myles Garrett of Texas A&M with the first overall pick in the National Football League draft Thursday night, then added two more first-round picks via a pair of trades. The Ohio native visited Cleveland for a private workout, and he expected his name to be called at No. 6 right up until Kellen Winslow was announced as the Browns' pick.

Reports have been that the coaching staff wanted the Texas A&M star pass rusher all along, but that parts of the front office/ownership were more keen on North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

It is hard, if not downright impossible, to argue with the selection of Garrett to start the draft.

"It was really just a weight off of my shoulders to finally just get the announcement that what I have been working for is finally come to fruition", said Garrett, who wore a Cleveland T-shirt that said "The Heart of Rock 'N Roll". "I'm looking forward to it". Myles Garrett knows this. I know it'll be a process, but we're all in. There was no doubt in our minds.

Garrett is not only going to produce, but he also is going to make everyone else around him better as well. "We have to have some patience with him, but he has tremendous upside". "We're going to do everything we can to find one".

The Chicago Bears traded up to choose quarterback Mitch Trubisky out of North Carolina as the number two pick in the 2017 draft

Garrett, though, was everyone's No. 1.

Garrett was not on hand, but promised Cleveland fans "great things are coming".

He becomes just the third Arlington ISD player taken in the first round of the draft. While Garrett was bothered by some injuries last season, at times he was unblockable in the tough SEC. He finished his three-year career with 32.5 sacks and 48.5 tackles for loss. You're going to want him on the field. They throw the ball to those guys a lot.

Njoku's performance at the combine was among the factors that helped him raise his draft stock in recent months despite being just a one-year starter at tight end for the Hurricanes.

Some draft analysts have compared Garrett to another Aggie product, Von Miller. Now, how much better we are?

The Browns can use Garrett.

And he is already focusing on how he can help the Browns begin to turn things around following a 1-15 season previous year.

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