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Myles Garrett: If Browns pass on me, I’ll “punish” them

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Myles Garrett carries himself with confidence, as a No. 1 overall pick should.

If the Browns pass him up at No. 1, he’ll carry a grudge, too.

The former Texas A&M pass rusher and likely top draft choice on April 27 looks to help lead a turnaround of the Browns’ organization. If not given the chance, the defender says he’ll take offense, his comments part of a revealing look into Garrett’s personality and approach in advance of this month’s draft.

Garrett covered a number of topics in a recent Q&A article, which will appear in the April 24 issue of ESPN The Magazine. Among them, he vowed to “punish” the Browns if passed up, as he looks to “exceed” Jerry Rice in becoming regarded as “the greatest that ever played, regardless of position or era.”

The 21-year-old described a recent dinner with Hue Jackson during which the Browns coach said he’d be “happy to take me.”

Garrett said in the article the Browns should “because I’ll be a difference maker from day one. And I’m not gonna be in any trouble. I’m just gonna make plays and bring a good atmosphere to your organization. And I’m gonna start winning and winning now.

“And because if you don’t draft me No. 1, I will punish your team for the next 10 to 12 years. I’ll knock your QB out of the game every time we play you, and I’ll have to kick the hell out of No. 1, whoever it is.”

Ultimately, these words are mere fodder.

The Browns have heard similar self-assurances, drafting Johnny Manziel in 2014 after he reportedly sent a text message to then-quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains, vowing that, if selected, the two parties would “wreck this league together.”

They kind of did, depending on your definition of “wreck.”

There seems less naivety and more healthy confidence in Garrett’s comments. And really, his remarks are best digested in the context of the entire interview, whose topics include Garrett’s interest in poetry and paleontology. He said that his shortcoming is shyness in social situations, being especially uncomfortable in group settings.

Garrett also acknowledged the Cowboys are his “hometown team,” hence his asking owner Jerry Jones to select him in a February video.

“But when push comes to shove, I want to go No. 1,” Garrett said. “I don’t want trades, wondering where my fate lies. Whoever has the first pick, just go ahead and take me. I have no allegiance. I want to go No. 1.”

If not No. 1, he wants the team that passes on him to pay.

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93 Responses to “Myles Garrett: If Browns pass on me, I’ll “punish” them”
  1. corchamp says: Apr 9, 2017 5:15 PM

    They’ll punish you worse if they do draft you

  2. valentino8100 says: Apr 9, 2017 5:18 PM

    Easy cowboy; you haven’t played a single down at the NFL level.

  3. dg0122 says: Apr 9, 2017 5:19 PM

    Watch the tape of ther bowl game vs KSTATE. .you won’t even know this clown played

  4. peytonsyellowteeth says: Apr 9, 2017 5:20 PM

    Talk about setting the bar low for yourself. Punishing the Browns has to be the easiest task in the history of the NFL. I see a future first round bust.

  5. wib22 says: Apr 9, 2017 5:22 PM

    Jimmy to the browns + patriots 2018 1st for #1 oa and sounds like the perfect belicheat player with a false sense of toughness.

  6. crotchpunch says: Apr 9, 2017 5:23 PM

    Careful what you wish for.

  7. mountaingirl39 says: Apr 9, 2017 5:23 PM

    Thank them if they don’t draft you. Factory of Sadness.

  8. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Apr 9, 2017 5:24 PM

    Whatever

  9. waynefontesismyfather says: Apr 9, 2017 5:26 PM

    #ugh He hasn’t even played a snap in the NFL and I’m already looking forward to him retiring and getting out of the limelight.

    Is this guy related to Lavar Ball? He sure talks a lot.

  10. xenova1 says: Apr 9, 2017 5:26 PM

    Are you so set on following in the footsteps of other Browns’ first rounders? I guess playing for the Browns would be an easy job compared to other teams if that’s what you’re looking for in your career.

  11. dickshotdogs says: Apr 9, 2017 5:29 PM

    Brian Bosworth, Tony Mandarich etc.

  12. xxsweepthelegxx says: Apr 9, 2017 5:32 PM

    wib22 says:
    Apr 9, 2017 5:22 PM
    Jimmy to the browns + patriots 2018 1st for #1 oa and sounds like the perfect belicheat player with a false sense of toughness.
    —-
    Wahhhhh wahhhhhh, the patriots win too much. Please take more draft picks from them Mr Goodell, and suspend Tom for 8 games this year.

  13. patfic5 says: Apr 9, 2017 5:36 PM

    Everyone punishes the Browns, idiot.

  14. thun2der says: Apr 9, 2017 5:44 PM

    This dude will be a bust. He racked up most of his sacks, etc.. Against NON SEC teams. Against the SEC his numbers were not good. Waaay overrated, and he is soft.

  15. eatme2259 says: Apr 9, 2017 5:45 PM

    Contract cash is based on your draft position, so duh

  16. manderson4150 says: Apr 9, 2017 5:49 PM

    Why say anything, just play if you do well, we’ll notice.

  17. eatme2259 says: Apr 9, 2017 5:49 PM

    xxsweepthelegxx says:
    Apr 9, 2017 5:32 PM
    wib22 says:
    Apr 9, 2017 5:22 PM
    Jimmy to the browns + patriots 2018 1st for #1 oa and sounds like the perfect belicheat player with a false sense of toughness.
    —-
    Wahhhhh wahhhhhh, the patriots win too much. Please take more draft picks from them Mr Goodell, and suspend Tom for 8 games this year.

    Xxsweep, your kind of overreacting a bit there

  18. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 9, 2017 5:56 PM

    So if he falls to say, #5 is he then going to punish the Browns, 9ers, Bears and Jags, or just the Browns?

    That sort of threat would make the player far less attractive to me as one to expend a high pick on. It shows lack of maturity.

  19. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 9, 2017 5:56 PM

    Punish them by sticking that face in their windows while wearing a headband. Oh God, make it stop!

  20. oldbrowndawg says: Apr 9, 2017 6:03 PM

    As a Browns fan since 1961, I say — SHUT THE HELL UP AND PLAY FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. zoxitic says: Apr 9, 2017 6:08 PM

    Get in line.

  22. pastabelly says: Apr 9, 2017 6:13 PM

    There’s a long line of teams, coaches, and players who punish the Browns on a regular basis. Someone should tell Myles to get in back of that line.

  23. bamboozle99 says: Apr 9, 2017 6:13 PM

    He clearly doesn’t care about winning as much as his draft position.

  24. jimmyjohns01 says: Apr 9, 2017 6:14 PM

    Not bring any trouble? Bring a good atmosphere? Coming from someone demanding they be taken #1 is not a good sign.

  25. A happy green parrot says: Apr 9, 2017 6:15 PM

    wib22 says:
    Apr 9, 2017 5:22 PM
    Jimmy to the browns + patriots 2018 1st for #1 oa and sounds like the perfect belicheat player with a false sense of toughness.

    —————

    The story is about a player not in football yet talking about the Cleveland Browns while the Patriots are noteven a factor in the first 2 rounds. Most people would have read that story and not even thought about the Patriots. It took a lot of imagination and hard work to still make this about the Patriots.

  26. jchipwood says: Apr 9, 2017 6:16 PM

    xxsweepthelegxx says:
    Apr 9, 2017 5:32 PM
    wib22 says:
    Apr 9, 2017 5:22 PM
    Jimmy to the browns + patriots 2018 1st for #1 oa and sounds like the perfect belicheat player with a false sense of toughness.
    —-
    Wahhhhh wahhhhhh, the patriots win too much. Please take more draft picks from them Mr Goodell, and suspend Tom for 8 games this year.
    _____________________________
    Mr. Goodell is on your side. There is a reason why they have played the least amount of teams coming off bye weeks and their toughest opponents at home for night games. You may even ask why is even Belicheat still in the league?

  27. trainwrecksryan says: Apr 9, 2017 6:21 PM

    He’s adorable!

    Looking forward to his CFL career in 2019!

  28. saints12013 says: Apr 9, 2017 6:27 PM

    This kid sounds like such an imbecile.
    How is he going to punish them ?
    He’s going to get drafted way before the Bengals, Ravens, and Steelers even get on the board.
    And that’s the only way he’ll get to hand out any type of punishment on Cleveland is if he gets drafted by one of those clubs.
    So if the 49ers draft him he’ll get to hand out punishment to the Browns every 4 yrs. I’m sure they’ll be so scared…..

  29. PhD says: Apr 9, 2017 6:27 PM

    Just can’t stop telling us how great he is, which even a neophyte in psychology understands is a mask for insecurity with your abilities in his case. I think I just might pass on him at number one after these continual red flag comments.

  30. thrifty says: Apr 9, 2017 6:29 PM

    He’s going to be a bust.

  31. descendency says: Apr 9, 2017 6:30 PM

    I know the browns have been bad for a while but this team has a lot of ammo to get really good really fast.

    This Gus could be the first pick in that process.

  32. dumbpollack says: Apr 9, 2017 6:41 PM

    Ah get in line, Myles. With an owner like ours and a roster to match…we’re very familiar with getting our asses kicked.

  33. formerworldchamps says: Apr 9, 2017 6:43 PM

    What a moron!!

  34. pftisthebestsiteeverlol says: Apr 9, 2017 6:45 PM

    you should not want the Browns to draft you in the first place.

  35. stillabengalsfan says: Apr 9, 2017 6:45 PM

    Courtney Brown

  36. laserw says: Apr 9, 2017 6:46 PM

    Who is Garrett?

    The Cleveland Dog Piles have done enough to ruin their seasons for years to come – I doubt a self-important nobody can do any more damage.

  37. jonathankrobinson424 says: Apr 9, 2017 7:06 PM

    …..can’t blame the kid for trying to secure #1 pick and make lots more mula than say #5.

  38. dawgbite says: Apr 9, 2017 7:21 PM

    And people ask why I prefer Jonathan Allen.

  39. infectorman says: Apr 9, 2017 7:24 PM

    “…exceed Jerry Rice as the best player of all time…?”
    Old stickum-fingers Rice* ?

    I think he means Tom Brady

  40. gogreenbiotch says: Apr 9, 2017 7:27 PM

    He’s gonna be a pretty good player but I would still take Barnett and Allen ahead of him as I think both will have more productive careers

  41. bassplucker says: Apr 9, 2017 7:33 PM

    Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago he was saying he didn’t want to play in the cold?

  42. Stabbeded him in his abdomen says: Apr 9, 2017 7:36 PM

    So this clown says he’s going to be better than Jerry Rice? Let’s see if you’re even in the league 3 years from now. I see Jeff George laughing at your brief career.

  43. upnorthvikesfan says: Apr 9, 2017 7:43 PM

    I admire his confidence and who knows, maybe he will be that good. But no team can go anywhere without a top QB. Browns don’t have one and need that first. I don’t think there is a single QB in this draft class that will be anything more than a 3rd stringer 5 years from now. Browns would be smart to give up the farm to the Patriots for Jimmy G.

  44. wib22 says: Apr 9, 2017 7:44 PM

    Mr. Goodell is on your side. There is a reason why they have played the least amount of teams coming off bye weeks and their toughest opponents at home for night games. You may even ask why is even Belicheat still in the league?

    ****

    Yeah, that is true. Belicheat has been caught cheating numerous times and the patriots fan “enemy” goodell has saved them. What a joke!

  45. trentdilfer08 says: Apr 9, 2017 7:50 PM

    Number 1 overall pick to the Browns????

    Or slipping in the draft like Terrell Suggs did to play for a

    contender and win a Super Bowl.

    Myles my man get yourself a weed gasmask like Tunsil and

    slip to the bottom half of the first round. Cleveland is the

    place careers go to die!!!

  46. tonebones says: Apr 9, 2017 7:57 PM

    The only one who can keep Garrett from being the number one pick is Garrett himself. Every time he opens his mouth, he lowers his stock.

  47. rmac71 says: Apr 9, 2017 8:08 PM

    Haha….you and everyone else in the league

  48. qbarrel says: Apr 9, 2017 8:12 PM

    Big deal – everyone punishes the Browns. It’s not like he’d be joining a very exclusive club.

  49. whenwilliteverend says: Apr 9, 2017 8:17 PM

    Johnny Manziel probably said the same thing…and he was right…he punished the Browns for drafting him.

  50. whenwilliteverend says: Apr 9, 2017 8:17 PM

    Let me get this straight…his statement would seem to imply he wants the Browns to draft him. Since he wants to play for the Browns I’m guessing he scored about a zero on the Wonderlic. He obviously isn’t very bright if he wants to play for the Browns.

  51. thetooloftools says: Apr 9, 2017 8:41 PM

    “Myles Garrett: If Browns pass on me, I’ll “punish” them”… no cutting in the very long line bro !

  52. sportnorcal says: Apr 9, 2017 8:44 PM

    Grow up.
    Enough of the entitled athletes of today. Just shut up and play wherever you go – it’s far more than you’d make doing anything else in life.

  53. steeler6 says: Apr 9, 2017 8:52 PM

    If the Browns select him he will be punished…the curse does not only jinx QBs…

  54. TheBrownswillstinkagain says: Apr 9, 2017 8:54 PM

    20 of Garrett’s 31.5 career sacks came against Nevada, louisiana-monroe, Lamar, Rice and UTSA.

    This guy is going to be a bust.

    2/3’s of his career sacks came in 5 of his 34 games played.

  55. officialgame says: Apr 9, 2017 8:56 PM

    Slow down Sparky and take a breath we all know its about #1 cash.

  56. r8dernation says: Apr 9, 2017 9:01 PM

    Actually, if the Browns draft this kid, they’ll be punishing him.

  57. ikeclanton says: Apr 9, 2017 9:06 PM

    wib22 says:
    Apr 9, 2017 7:44 PM
    Mr. Goodell is on your side. There is a reason why they have played the least amount of teams coming off bye weeks and their toughest opponents at home for night games. You may even ask why is even Belicheat still in the league?

    ****

    Yeah, that is true. Belicheat has been caught cheating numerous times and the patriots fan “enemy” goodell has saved them. What a joke!

    —–

    It’s always sadder watching chipwood talk to one of his many screen names than just about any of the actual nonsense he posts.

    A regular ‘genius’ at work…

  58. nyneal says: Apr 9, 2017 9:15 PM

    Shut up and play with whoever drafts you. You think you’re hot stuff but all you are right now is just another rookie trying to make it in the NFL.

  59. sychosam28 says: Apr 9, 2017 9:25 PM

    The more this clown opens his big mouth the more I think he nothing but hot air.

  60. cwmore1169 says: Apr 9, 2017 9:31 PM

    Since it was for ESPN the Magazine, they probably led him down that path so they could drum up a controversy to try and sell the issue of their garbage magazine. I’m sure the Browns have already told him they’re going to draft him but the way NFL works, they need to keep the suspense going to help get those ratings up for the draft.

  61. ChampKind813 says: Apr 9, 2017 9:33 PM

    What a chump!!!! just keep your mouth shut and let your play speak for itself. That’s what will get everyone’s attention. Not this spouting off sounding like a moron. Shut up until there’s actually something to talk about. Start learning how to be more professional as you attempt to start your professional career instead of a high school football player.

  62. bigswifty74 says: Apr 9, 2017 10:00 PM

    Watching highlights of Garrett, I notice that once the ball goes past him, he never gives chase. He’s never anywhere near the ball past the line of scrimmage. Athletic freak, yes. I question his heart and drive.

  63. fafaflunky says: Apr 9, 2017 10:36 PM

    Why say that?

  64. forthegoodofthegame says: Apr 9, 2017 10:39 PM

    Apparently TAMU doesn’t teach classes in being humble.

  65. ron69 says: Apr 9, 2017 11:25 PM

    I might be minority but I like him, what’s wrong with having some confidence in himself, the kid if healthy looks like could have a better career than Julius Peppers, that’s good enough for me, beside I don’t like those humble kids that don’t talk much.
    But here you are,all those thumbs down wishing him to fail. What a bunch of losers we have around here.

  66. Jonah Hill's Liver says: Apr 9, 2017 11:32 PM

    The more he speaks the more I can’t stand him

  67. maddenisfordorks says: Apr 9, 2017 11:58 PM

    The Browns have been punished enough.

  68. akboot says: Apr 10, 2017 12:49 AM

    He’s got the talkin part done.

  69. dejadoh says: Apr 10, 2017 1:01 AM

    Cleveland should not draft this guy.

  70. flipola says: Apr 10, 2017 1:48 AM

    Sounds like the words of his agent.

  71. raiddawgz says: Apr 10, 2017 2:38 AM

    Way to stay humble young man…maybe you should learn from Khalil Mack and be grateful where ever you might land. Let your actions speak for themselves. Hard work will eventually be rewarded!

  72. BayAreaBrownsBacker says: Apr 10, 2017 5:26 AM

    He specifically stated that he will punish whatever team it is that doesn’t draft him for the next 10-12 years. Another thing, these entire interview questions seemed to be parroted from his agent.

  73. eddiea25 says: Apr 10, 2017 5:43 AM

    Can’t stand a kid who is a big mouth tout. I hope he gets his clock cleaned.

  74. simplec72 says: Apr 10, 2017 6:16 AM

    It would be nice if your mouth could keep you out of the news. With the number one pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select Jonathan Allen.

  75. TheBrownswillstinkagain says: Apr 10, 2017 7:23 AM

    Sashi and Hue probably live him. He wont be able to back up his talk just like they havent.

    Gimme Jamal Adams at 1. Dude is a flat out beast

  76. maust1013 says: Apr 10, 2017 8:28 AM

    ikeclanton says:
    Apr 9, 2017 9:06 PM

    It’s always sadder watching chipwood talk to one of his many screen names than just about any of the actual nonsense he posts.

    A regular ‘genius’ at work…
    =====================

    But it is hilarious when his sock puppets argue with each other, so there’s that at least.

  77. hukdeep says: Apr 10, 2017 9:02 AM

    Uhhhh…..

  78. hukdeep says: Apr 10, 2017 9:07 AM

    Booger just called him out on Mike & Mike and Myles decided to not come on.
    DIVA.

  79. tqaztec says: Apr 10, 2017 9:35 AM

    He will still have more tackles than Clay Matthews

  80. mysterytonite says: Apr 10, 2017 9:39 AM

    This is a win-win for the Browns. One one hand they take him and he is everything as advertised and the team has a cornerstone on its defense the next 10 years. If he busts they can always use the excuse that they felt threatened and wanted to protect the safety of their quarterbacks.

  81. nyneal says: Apr 10, 2017 10:24 AM

    infectorman says:
    Apr 9, 2017 7:24 PM
    “…exceed Jerry Rice as the best player of all time…?”
    Old stickum-fingers Rice* ?

    I think he means Tom Brady

    _______________________________________

    The best player of all time is a tie between Don Hutson and Jim Brown. Honorable mention goes to Sammy Baugh.
    Those two dominated their eras more than anyone else dominated theirs. If you don’t believe it, check the facts.

  82. rideforjesus says: Apr 10, 2017 10:45 AM

    Speaking aloud your own thoughts can come back to haunt you.

    Speaking aloud your own thoughts before you can or have backed them up can come back to hunt you

    Speaking aloud your own thoughts about your potential future employer can come back to haunt you

    Why let anything haunt you when your future is bright no matter where, when or who you will end up playing for??

    So the moral of all this…. shut up and play first before speaking first… that will never haunt you.

  83. ipeefreelyagain says: Apr 10, 2017 10:54 AM

    Get drafted in the NFC, and you’ll see them but once every four years. You’ll be lucky to play them twice in a career. In other words, zip it.

  84. magebfd says: Apr 10, 2017 10:55 AM

    I love to hear these guys run their mouths. I’ll have a reason to watch the Browns’ games. I want to see this guy get decimated.

  85. rubinho1369 says: Apr 10, 2017 11:42 AM

    He sounds like Smash Williams. But Hue Jackson <<< Coach Taylor.

    Friday Night Lights was good.

  86. rufustfireflyjr says: Apr 10, 2017 11:49 AM

    I’m sure the Browns are trembling at the thought

  87. annes22 says: Apr 10, 2017 12:43 PM

    Having seen him this morning on all the talk shows, he certainly loves himself. Not going to the draft either, excuse me, who do we think we are??? Sounds like another “bigmouth” to me.

  88. loudpackmatt says: Apr 10, 2017 12:45 PM

    yo I hate myles garett at 1 huge browns fan here and malik hooker is the best player in the draft! please oh please take hooker at 1 or trade down a few spots and land him there

  89. bullcharger says: Apr 10, 2017 1:40 PM

    It would help Garrett to have a little reverence for players that are actually in the NFL and not college players. He hasn’t done squat yet.

    He should be great, but Ryan Leaf, Jamarcus Russell and Tony Mandarich were supposed to be great too.

    Talk is cheap. Just prove it on the field.

  90. bullcharger says: Apr 10, 2017 1:46 PM

    nyneal says:
    Apr 10, 2017 10:24 AM
    infectorman says:
    Apr 9, 2017 7:24 PM
    “…exceed Jerry Rice as the best player of all time…?”
    Old stickum-fingers Rice* ?
    I think he means Tom Brady
    _______________________________________
    The best player of all time is a tie between Don Hutson and Jim Brown. Honorable mention goes to Sammy Baugh.
    Those two dominated their eras more than anyone else dominated theirs. If you don’t believe it, check the facts.

    ——————

    Back when training was eating a ribeye steak with a few beers. Sure.

  91. youbettercallsaul says: Apr 10, 2017 5:52 PM

    How could you punish the Browns?

    It’s like saying you’re gonna destroy Detroit or pollute Chernobyl.

  92. smartcollegefootball says: Apr 11, 2017 12:54 AM

    Draft Garrett

  93. soaringelvis says: Apr 11, 2017 10:29 AM

    “He said that his shortcoming is shyness in social situations, being especially uncomfortable in group settings.”

    So I guess being in front of 80,000 people watching you is an intimate setting??

    Brilliant!

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