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With nothing to gain, Myles Garrett worked out at Pro Day anyway

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Former Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett could do absolutely nothing to improve his draft stock at the school’s Pro Day yesterday: Garrett turned in a sensational Scouting Combine, so scouts already know what kind of athlete he is, and he’s widely expected to be the first overall pick in the draft.

So what was he doing on the field working out in front of scouts? Looking for a chance to improve, even if the No. 1 prospect has nowhere to go but down.

I knew I could do better,” Garrett said. “I’ve personally done better and I want to break my records, not just anybody else’s.”

Garrett did do slightly better in the 40-yard dash, running in 4.62 seconds after recording a 4.64 at the Combine, although that difference is so slight it’s meaningless. And considering that two top draft prospects, UCLA cornerback Fabian Moreau and Washington cornerback Sidney Jones, suffered serious injuries while working out at their pro days, there were surely people advising Garrett to play it safe.

But that’s not Garrett’s style. Before the 2016 season, Garrett was asked if he’d consider sitting out the year to stay healthy for the draft, and he said he’d never do that. Before Texas A&M’s bowl game, Garrett was asked if he’d consider sitting out the game to stay healthy for the draft, and he said he’d never do that, either. That competitiveness is one of the many things NFL teams love about Garrett.

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45 Responses to “With nothing to gain, Myles Garrett worked out at Pro Day anyway”
  1. tubaplayingprof says: Mar 31, 2017 5:31 AM

    I wish my team had a chance to select this young man. I wish more young men were like him.

  2. iikanji says: Mar 31, 2017 5:46 AM

    If the Browns don’t draft him then all is truly lost. They shouldn’t even consider fielding any trades for him.
    By all accounts, Garrett’s a right now player.

  3. superpatsfan5 says: Mar 31, 2017 6:13 AM

    Garappolo and Edelman for the 1st and 11th pick overall. JUST KIDDING!!!

  4. BIGGSHAUN says: Mar 31, 2017 6:23 AM

    The only thing more useless that the Scouting Combine is the Pro Day (Underwear Olympics 2.0).

  5. officialgame says: Mar 31, 2017 6:35 AM

    Maybe this young man will be the person who finally turns things around for the Browns. The fans deserve it to be so.

  6. jxt2521 says: Mar 31, 2017 6:36 AM

    This could be considered a sign of stubbornness and unwillingness to listen. Clearly his agent expressed a strong desire for him to skip the workout since it was pure risk at this point.

    In my eyes its a moot point. The man is going to play a violent sport for a living so avoiding any kind of physical activity is just silly. I mean he was basically working out and that’s something he will do every day until his playing days are over.

  7. ipdaily69 says: Mar 31, 2017 6:37 AM

    Since Tom Brady entered the league, the Browns have drafted 3 1st rd QBs, 3 3rd rd QBs, plus 2 low rounders.
    Since Tom Brady came into the league, the Browns have deployed 25 starting QBs.
    So….when people write “No way the Browns should trade away their #1, or multiple 1st rounders, or both”…..I respond by asking how many more years are the Browns willing to fail at QB.
    Garoppolo is seasoned, he is excellent, and he can step out on the field and be the leader of the team NOW.
    At this point, the cost should be irrelevant. Cleveland has the assets to end decades of sucktitude at this position. Having a great DE is not transformative. QB is.

  8. dg0122 says: Mar 31, 2017 7:13 AM

    did you watch the bowl game? He literally didn’t do anything. no tackles, sacks, anything.
    he padded his stats against teams like UTSA and disappeared against the good teams.

  9. ronnielottsfinger says: Mar 31, 2017 7:24 AM

    Maybe a mild injury would help him avoid winding up on the Browns 😉

  10. v2787 says: Mar 31, 2017 7:36 AM

    Garrett sounds like a dream pick. He’s competitive and obviously gifted physically. The Browns are nuts if they don’t take this kid.

  11. j1c1a1 says: Mar 31, 2017 7:48 AM

    He probably wouldn’t admit it, but he likely did it for his teammates. He knew if he worked out, A&M’s pro day would get more exposure and his pro day teammates might get a better look from scouts.

    He did admit to something similar in high school. He knew he was going to A&M but purposely didn’t commit early so colleges would keep coming around and hopefully some of his teammates would get a look.

  12. joetorontoeatsdic says: Mar 31, 2017 7:53 AM

    This guy has all pro potential. The Browns just can’t pass that up.

  13. A happy green parrot says: Mar 31, 2017 8:41 AM

    Belichick will trade for him right as he is ending his sophmore slump.

  14. aringfordaking says: Mar 31, 2017 8:43 AM

    In 9 games versus UCLA, Auburn, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi St., Alabama, South Carolina, LSU and Louisville he has 11 sacks.

    Not sure how you define “good” teams. I must be missing something.

  15. A happy green parrot says: Mar 31, 2017 8:47 AM

    ipdaily69 says:
    Mar 31, 2017 6:37 AM
    Since Tom Brady entered the league, the Browns have drafted 3 1st rd QBs, 3 3rd rd QBs, plus 2 low rounders.
    Since Tom Brady came into the league, the Browns have deployed 25 starting QBs.
    So….when people write “No way the Browns should trade away their #1, or multiple 1st rounders, or both”…..I respond by asking how many more years are the Browns willing to fail at QB.
    Garoppolo is seasoned, he is excellent, and he can step out on the field and be the leader of the team NOW.
    At this point, the cost should be irrelevant. Cleveland has the assets to end decades of sucktitude at this position. Having a great DE is not transformative. QB is.

    ——————-

    I actually hope the Browns dont trade that pick for Garrapolo, not as a Browns fan but as a Pats fan. As much as I like hearing Brady talking all those years to come, and as much as I am in awe of what he has done already, I dont buy that he is going to be able to make it last that much longer. I also do think JG is the best possible replacement (a legitimate franchise qb) that will be available in the foreseeable future so I dont want to see the Pats part with him at any price.

  16. greeksensation says: Mar 31, 2017 8:50 AM

    Garoppolo is seasoned, he is excellent, and he can step out on the field and be the leader of the team NOW.
    _______
    And you know this by his 1.5 games? Most analysts were ready to put a gold jacket on Wentz after 4 games. How’d his final 12 games go. Truth is nobody knows. You don’t pass on a talent like Garret, further separating the talent gap between you and the test of the nfl fire what is really an unknown commodity. Yes the Browns need a QB and they will eventually take done settings at the plate, but not at the asking price. Draft BPA @ 12 or take a QB there I’d it’s Hues guy. Don’t overdraft, close that gap!

  17. greeksensation says: Mar 31, 2017 8:54 AM

    Dang swype!

  18. exinsidetrader says: Mar 31, 2017 8:55 AM

    When Houston had a healthy and incredibly dominant JJ Watt they were still crappy because they did not have a good QB.

    Until you get the QB, everything else is feel-good window dressing.

  19. charliecharger says: Mar 31, 2017 8:58 AM

    Nothing to gain? Maybe he was trying to look so good, that another team would put in a huge offer that the Browns wouldn’t be able to pass up. He’s trying to stay away from Cleveland. This is his last effort.

  20. NFLexpert says: Mar 31, 2017 9:03 AM

    Nothing in-between for this kid. He will be colossal, either as a bust or a mega-star…I’m thinking the latter.

  21. infectorman says: Mar 31, 2017 9:03 AM

    Jadavean Clowney.
    Mario Williams before him.
    We’ve all seen this movie before.

    Browns should do everything they can to find a QB.
    Why did they let Pryor go? The dude switched positions and STILL was a top 15 receiver in his first year at the position. There must be something in the water in Clevetown…stupid juice

  22. RussianBreadMaker says: Mar 31, 2017 9:04 AM

    He is a physical freak, but does anyone else think he runs like a weirdo?

  23. ipdaily69 says: Mar 31, 2017 9:07 AM

    Houston has two All World defensive ends….but no QB….and they are no closer to a SB than Cleveland.
    It’s all about QB in this league and Garoppolo is a plug and play starter/star for the next 10 years.
    The Browns believing a roster full of rookies….. led by either a pro-retread or a college star that has never read a defense/ never been under center/ only played one college season ….is the long term solution is so Browns-like.
    Pay the price and get Garoppolo and see what QB stability feels like. His quick release is 2nd to none and he’s had 3 years of the best training possible.
    This is a no brainer

  24. reddzen says: Mar 31, 2017 9:15 AM

    ipdaily69 says:
    Mar 31, 2017 6:37 AM
    Since Tom Brady entered the league, the Browns have drafted 3 1st rd QBs, 3 3rd rd QBs, plus 2 low rounders.
    Since Tom Brady came into the league, the Browns have deployed 25 starting QBs.
    So….when people write “No way the Browns should trade away their #1, or multiple 1st rounders, or both”…..I respond by asking how many more years are the Browns willing to fail at QB.
    Garoppolo is seasoned, he is excellent, and he can step out on the field and be the leader of the team NOW.
    At this point, the cost should be irrelevant. Cleveland has the assets to end decades of sucktitude at this position. Having a great DE is not transformative. QB is.

    —-

    The article is not about Taaahhhmy. Nor the Patriots.

  25. kissmysandwich says: Mar 31, 2017 9:18 AM

    Look at the society we live in now where guys are afraid to work out. LOL. Kudos to you young man for not being a pansy!

  26. kissmysandwich says: Mar 31, 2017 9:23 AM

    For all those wanting the Browns to drop a dime on Garapollo I’ve got two words for you: Matt Cassell.

  27. A happy green parrot says: Mar 31, 2017 9:25 AM

    j1c1a1 says:
    Mar 31, 2017 7:48 AM
    He probably wouldn’t admit it, but he likely did it for his teammates. He knew if he worked out, A&M’s pro day would get more exposure and his pro day teammates might get a better look from scouts.

    He did admit to something similar in high school. He knew he was going to A&M but purposely didn’t commit early so colleges would keep coming around and hopefully some of his teammates would get a look.

    ——————————–

    If thats whats up here that is seriously cool.

  28. tangotwo22 says: Mar 31, 2017 9:31 AM

    He’ll be a great first pick for the Browns, they can address the QB situation later. They have plenty of picks to acquire Garapollo if they think he’s the guy.
    My guess is the Pats would rather have several 2nd, 3rd and 4th round picks than high first round. They get to save money and they usually hit on a few. Same with the Butler situation in NO….the Pats would take the 32nd pick probably along with some lower picks. They don’t manage like other teams, they are always Cap conscious.

  29. timmmah10 says: Mar 31, 2017 9:39 AM

    Am I the only one that doesn’t understand the Jimmy G obsession?

    Who else was a great Brady backup that was nabbed by another team to start?? Cassel…Hoyer….Mallet…

    If it hasn’t worked out in the past, other teams shouldn’t be rushing to make a deal giving up legit assets to see if it’s different this time… maybe it’s just the system they play in. Instead of stealing the QBs, steal the system!

  30. doggz109 says: Mar 31, 2017 9:59 AM

    This kid has a great attitude….but this was dumb. If he did something a la Sidney Jones….goodbye #1 pick and millions of dollars. When you body is your livelihood….you don’t mess around with it just to break a “personal record”.

  31. florida76 says: Mar 31, 2017 10:03 AM

    Garrett has the right attitude, not just for the pros, but the outside world as well. People like Garrett “get it”, it’s not just about them, and real competitors like to compete.

    Refreshing to hear this story, as opposed to the cynical, sarcastic, loser approach, we see too often in the workplace today. Whether Garrett stars in the NFL or not, he has the mindset to be successful outside the game.

  32. officialgame says: Mar 31, 2017 10:14 AM

    What is more classless then a Pats fan? Answer. Two Pats fans. Every dog has there day and that day is fast approaching for Pat fans.

  33. damadhatterb says: Mar 31, 2017 10:22 AM

    This is not a knock on him at all, but I do agree with the people who mentioned he runs a bit odd. I noticed it myself on his 40 and when I went back and watched highlight videos on plays where he has to chase down players. It’s hard to describe. If you watch his legs and hips, he runs very low and wide. Similar to when you watch people run the tire drill. His feet don’t come off the ground much, but he’s still explosive. It looks as if he’s making mini-leaps or something. Regardless of his running style, the guy is very fast for his size/position and by no means am I saying he’s not an incredible prospect. If you do take it as me trying to knock him down a peg, I’ll say it’s because I’d love to see him fall to the Jaguars at 4. Highly unlikely he falls past 2 though.

  34. jfm215 says: Mar 31, 2017 10:39 AM

    OK here it is…Brown’s i hope your listening…Jimmy Garoppolo and Malcom Butler for #1 and #12…

  35. superpatsfan5 says: Mar 31, 2017 10:42 AM

    I was just kidding regarding Edelman and Garoppolo for the 1st and 11th picks overall but in reality the Houston Texans went to and 14 with an all-world defensive player. What good is this guy really going to do if they have another lousy signal-caller?

  36. lordliftedme says: Mar 31, 2017 10:47 AM

    From what I have seen, I am so impressed with this guy. Not only does he look the part, he also seems to have the brains to go along with the brawn. That can be scary!

    I am a steeler fan who is actually jealous that the browns will get him. I also know if there is any organization who can screw this thing up, it’s the browns.

  37. joefelicelli says: Mar 31, 2017 10:55 AM

    I am sure the injuries are being viewed both ways.
    1) It is a shame that these promising prospects suffered significant injuries at their Pro Days, putting in work in drills they would have done otherwise at the Combine. Seems redundant and does not have a dramatic impact on the draft rating IMO.

    2) The largest pre-draft expense for the teams is sending contingents around to this myriad of Pro Day workouts. If they can get rid of them, and get more players into a Combine event (my personal opinion is they should have 4 of them), the Pro Day Circuit goes away, and the NFL gets what they ultimately want…control over the pre-draft process. They can point to these injuries as reasons to not have the Pro Days on top of the Combine, on top of private workouts and visits.

    Maybe these two injuries are going to be the catalyst for that change.

  38. lordliftedme says: Mar 31, 2017 10:57 AM

    jfm215 says:
    Mar 31, 2017 10:39 AM
    OK here it is…Brown’s i hope your listening…Jimmy Garoppolo and Malcom Butler for #1 and #12…

    That is funny! Though actually, it is not, either! I could actually see the brown doing something like this and thinking they made out like “bandits” at the same time.

    Boy, these pats seem to have some sort of ‘hex” over these teams. It’s like teams just continue to throw prosperity at the patriots while getting their overhyped “crumbs” in return.

  39. lordliftedme says: Mar 31, 2017 11:13 AM

    OK here it is…Brown’s i hope your listening…Jimmy Garoppolo and Malcom Butler for #1 and #12…

    That is funny! Though actually, it is not, either! I could actually see the brown doing something like this and thinking they made out like “bandits” at the same time.

    Boy, these pats seem to have some sort of ‘hex” over these teams. It’s like teams just continue to throw prosperity at the patriots while getting their overhyped “crumbs” in return.

  40. dcpatfan says: Mar 31, 2017 11:17 AM

    officialgame says:
    Mar 31, 2017 10:14 AM
    What is more classless then a Pats fan? Answer. Two Pats fans. Every dog has there day and that day is fast approaching for Pat fans.
    ________________________
    We Patriots are here early spring because….well We love football and winning! And for the past 20 years “that day” has been fast approaching…but for today, We love football and winning!

  41. campcouch says: Mar 31, 2017 11:18 AM

    Enough with the silly Browns QB chatter. There are zero quarterbacks in this draft worthy of the first pick. Garappolo is not worth the number one or any throw in picks. Despite the multiple arms they fielded, that was not the weakness…it was the collapsing defense. Take this guy and another defender at 12.

  42. granadafan says: Mar 31, 2017 11:39 AM

    reddzen says:
    Mar 31, 2017 9:15 AM
    ipdaily69 says:
    Mar 31, 2017 6:37 AM
    Since Tom Brady entered the league,
    —-

    The article is not about Taaahhhmy. Nor the Patriots.
    ======================================

    That’s Pats fans for you. They are hands down the worst fans in all of sports, bar none. They ruined every single thread whining about Goodell and deflategate, no matter the topic. Now, they still can’t stop yapping about Brady. Zero class.

  43. ezwriter69 says: Mar 31, 2017 12:45 PM

    He needed another chance to explain away going through the motions and disappearing from games throughout last year. That’s why he and his agent are on this yuuuge campaign to convince you how hard working he is… but film don’t lie, and even in today’s world, facts are sometimes facts, and this kid mailed it in over half the games last year, and that was before he had millions in the bank.
    Anytime you have to explain away lack of effort, it’s a red flag the size of the state of Texas. Hope he succeeds, hope the Brownies aren’t buying more disappointment, seems like everything they touch turns to crappola. But… Caveat emptor… the precedents are legion.

  44. 49ersfury says: Mar 31, 2017 1:18 PM

    He wants to be a 49ers because he wants to be great, and the 49ers are a factory of greatness.

  45. kneedragr says: Mar 31, 2017 1:59 PM

    He should have shown up with a gas mask and just sat there taking bong hits in the hope Cleveland doesent draft him.

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