Warren Sapp not Impressed by Potential Number One Pick Myles Garrett
By Brandon Simmons
If you ask any draft analyst, they could probably tell you that former Texas A&M Aggies defensive end Myles Garrett is a number one draft pick; but Warren Sapp is not necessarily a draft analyst. According to ESPN, the former number 12 overall pick and Tampa Bay Buccaneer was not impressed with Jack’s play on the field at all.
“I don’t see it from this kid,” expressed Sapp. “I see the splash plays; everybody gets those. Where’s the game he took over? Where? Any defensive lineman who’s the No. 1 pick, you turn up and you say, ‘There it is!’ This kid, no, I don’t. I’m a pretty plain and frank guy, and I watch the tape and he disappears. I watch the tape, and he absolutely disappears.” Sapp went on to say he doesn’t think Garrett is on the level of Courtney Brown, the former Penn State defensive end who was drafted by the Cleveland Browns, who just happens to hold this year’s number one draft spot.
But Sapp believes scouts are in love with the “measurables” that Jack possesses and it solves the mystery as to what is driving teams crazy.
“He’s big, and he’s fast. Now some defensive line coach is thinking, ‘I can turn him into something.’ How? I’m trying to figure this out. Really? Are we lowering the bar?”
The only reason Sapp might have an edge of credence in this argument is because of two names: Mario Williams and Jadeveon Clowney. These were the last 2 defensive ends drafted number one overall – ironically by the Houston Texans – but have not yet shown the worth of being number one overall. While they have had some success by making a few pro bowls, it has not been the astronomical expectations that many expect of a number one draft pick. However, the jury still remains out for Clowney who is very early in his career and seems to be finally done with his injuries.
The jury will remain out for Garrett as well, no matter what spot he is drafted. There have been other defensive ends drafted at a lower spot, such as J.J. Watt, and have had wonderful careers. The defensive end is not necessarily a franchise-changing position – which the Browns need – but it could be a solid piece to building a defense. Nobody is going to turn down a player who is “big” and “fast”, especially a team who seems to lose “big” and lose “fast”.
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