Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, citing multiple league sources, is reporting that the Browns will use the No. 1 overall pick on DE Myles Garrett tonight.
Rumors began circulating Wednesday evening that the Browns were seriously considering UNC QB Mitch Trubisky at No. 1 overall, but it appears Cleveland was locked in on Garrett all along.
According to Cabot, the Browns have been working the phones and plan to continue trying to trade up for Trubisky from No. 12 overall.
However, if the Browns are unable to get Trubisky, Cabot says they will consider Clemson’s Deshaun Watson and Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes at No. 12 and the possibility also exists that they could trade back into the late first round from No. 33 to get a quarterback.
Garrett, 21, was been widely considered to be the top prospect in this year’s draft for some time now. He put together an impressive showing at the scouting Combine and indications have been that they were going to take him No. 1 overall.
According to OverTheCap.com, Garrett will receive a four-year contract worth $30,408,550 to go along with a signing bonus of $20,255,308. The contract includes a fifth-year option for the team to consider in 2020.
During his three-year college career, Garrett has recorded 140 tackles, 31 sacks, an interception, five pass defenses, a fumble recovery and seven forced fumbles.