Sapp says Myles Garrett shouldn’t be the No. 1 overall pick

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Former Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett has emerged as the consensus No. 1 overall pick. That consensus does not include Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp.

I don’t see it from this kid,” Sapp told Adam Schefter of ESPN. “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.”

So why does pretty much everyone but Sapp have Garrett at No. 1?

“It’s all about measurable,” Sapp said. “Once you hit the measurable, it’s tough to get them old scout people off the numbers, and that’s what [Garrett] has. 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? . . .

“I see a lazy kid that makes four plays a game. This is the No. 1 guy? No, no, no. This ain’t even close.”

So that’s the news: Sapp doesn’t think Garrett should be the No. 1 overall pick. Fine. That’s his prerogative to disagree with the manner in which the wind has been consistently blowing — although some have indeed raised the point that Garrett doesn’t dominate often enough on tape to justify the belief that he’ll dominate at the next level.

Next comes the more intriguing part, from our perspective: How did this story come to be?

Schefter, who primarily tweets and talks, has taken the time to write up an article with strong, opinionated quotes from someone who currently isn’t the in NFL in a coaching, scouting, playing, or media capacity. It’s fair to ask why.

This doesn’t fit with Schefter’s usual role of generating information, mainly transactional, on a neverending basis. (And he does that better than anyone at this point.) It’s a hard right turn for him, and it’s hard not to wonder whether this is Schefter’s way of showcasing an opinion contrary to the “Garrett is No. 1” viewpoint as a favor to someone in the Cleveland front office who is trying to push back against Garrett being Cleveland’s first overall pick.

Consider this portion of the article: “Still, Garrett is considered the favorite to go No. 1 to the Cleveland Browns, who used the No. 1 overall pick in the 2000 draft on Penn State defensive end Courtney Brown. ‘I don’t think this kid is as good as Courtney Brown either,’ Sapp said.” That feels like a stern warning to whoever will be breaking the tie in Cleveland regarding the potential pitfall of using the No. 1 overall pick on Garrett.

The Browns reportedly are still torn on whether to take Garrett, and coach Hue Jackson reportedly wants Garrett.

118 responses to “Sapp says Myles Garrett shouldn’t be the No. 1 overall pick

  1. “Oh man, we should really think hard about this based on Sapp’s comments.” – No one ever

  2. if Cleveland needs advice of how not to pay hookers and get arrested and subsequently lose their jobs then Sapp is their man, but if they want to start building their team then they need to (or should have already) devise a plan and take the absolute top players (including Garrett at #1),available in the draft with their first four picks in the top 52.

  3. Sapp is probably right the Combine numbers over shadow performance on the field that’s why there are so many draft busts these days

  4. Cleveland could take any of the top 10 guys in this draft and it will make their team better. Garrett, Thomas, Allen, Adams, Hooker, Fournette are all better than anyone currently on the Browns roster and would be immediate starters.

  5. So is Garrett now going to “punish” Sapp as well as the Browns if he’s not the #1?

    And if he falls to say #5 is he going to also “punish” the teams at 2, 3 and 4 if they don’t take him?

    Garrett seems very immature to me.

    The problem for the GMs with the highest picks is if they don’t take him at the top of the draft they will get a lot of immediate criticism while it will take 2-3 years to really know whether they were correct in not taking him as a top 5.

  6. Warren Sapp can say he doesn’t appreciate X, Y or Z about a player’s game — but if the widely recognized top pick in the draft isn’t Sapp’s number one — it follows that Sapp has to at least name one more players who should be drafted ahead of Garrett.

    Otherwise, he is just putting someone else down. And if there is a human worthy of being on the ass end of some insults, it’s Sapp.

  7. Thats his opinion and that’s fine but who does Sapp believe should be taken first overall then?

  8. Sapp is also mad Garret pays His hookers instead of throwing them in the hall way like Warren. Why is what Sapp says even news?

  9. Not a Sapp fan but i agree with him. Bashing the person for what he has done is silly as what does that have to with evaluating a player. Glass houses people.

  10. Sapp is an idiot. But, Myles Garrett makes me nervous at #1. I just have this feeling Jonathan Allen is a better player and will have a better career.

    I’m a Browns fan and hope I’m wrong, but I don’t know if Garrett has “it”.

  11. Just because I don’t personally like Sapp doesn’t mean I’m closed minded and can’t agree with him. He’s right.

  12. Makes me wonder which nfl analyst at espn is getting the axe and being replaced by Sapphead.

    Sapp is in desperate need of a job and would likely take the gig for half of what espn is paying someone they might be looking to replace. He’s a bomb throw without a throttle and those types seem to be in vogue at the mothership.

    espn is on a cost cutting binge so saving a few bucks works for them also.

  13. Don’t need Sapp to retell the story over and over of a guy getting drafted high , gets more money than he could ever dream and the fire goes out in wanting to do the work to be great in the league.

  14. Sapp’s credibility and intelligence is equal to my Mr. Potato Head. I guess you got dementia from playing football.

  15. I thought Saap was in jail…who cares what he thinks and why is he even relevant these days?

  16. I watch a lot of A&M games and garret is not worthy of a top 5 pick as he does have a lot of tendency to completely disappear against better talent !!!!!

  17. Sap is very insecure, I’ve never seen him say anyone else is great, unless the player in question is a former Bucs teammate..

  18. This time of the year. It’s very commonplace for disinformation. It’s taboo to state it but the people who are trusted to provide info, are often times in league with agents and people (teams) behind the scenes, to give out false information. The idea is to create a spin to help further an agenda. We see it all the time in the media, who creates false narratives on a daily basis. So much so, that reality lines are no longer blurred. They are invisible. You can very easily create a false reality nowadays.

  19. Sapp isn’t the first player to question taking Garrett at number 1. While I wouldn’t at all base my draft plan around what Sapp has to offer, what should be understood is that it’s foolish to think anyone can know that a given player is worth a given pick. Why wasn’t JJ Watt, the most dominant player in the league drafted first overall while guys like Jamarcus Russell were? It’d be ridiculous to criticize Cleveland for taking Garrett at number 1. It might be almost as ridiculous to criticize if they didn’t, especially when they still don’t have a starting qb in a qb-driven league.

  20. And Sapp shouldn’t have a national forum to spew his stupidity. Zero credibility. (He can’t even spell it)
    As far as I’m concerned, he has one too many “p”s in his last name.

  21. Literally nothing Warren Sapp says can be taken seriously. Either he’s talking about something he knows nothing about, or he’s trashing someone who plays D-Line because he’s a petty and jealous has been. Nothing he says is credible.

  22. Let the Browns take him at number one and waste a pick. The guy has all the tools to be great, but it seems like he only wants to be great here and there when he wants, not all throughout the game. If the Browns take him, that saves all the others from being stuck in Cleveland until their 12th pick comes up. Then the Russian roulette begins again to see who is the next player is to be sentenced to time as a Brown.
    If I was a QB in the draft I would be Garrett’s number one fan. “Please please go number one so I won’t become another drafted QB or player that goes to Cleveland and has my career is ended before it has a chance to begin”. Nobody likes signing up for career suicide.

  23. Who on earth would care what Sapp says?
    He is, without a doubt, one of the most useless humans on the planet.
    Screw Sapp….

  24. Unless his eyes were bugging out of his head by two inches when he said it, Sapp’s words don’t mean a thing.

  25. I don’t understand how Sapp’s legal troubles all of a sudden make his opinion of a guy who plays the same game Sapp excelled in meaningless. Sapp played the game, was an analyst and has seen Garrett play so I for one think his opinion is worth something and if you don’t agree fine but it still don’t change the fact he was asked and simply answered.

  26. I miss Sapp almost as much as I’m going to miss Bill O’Reilly. Sapp and O’Reilly. What an odd couple.

  27. How dare an NFL Hall of Famer, possibly one of the best DT in his era critique another D-lineman.

    Whether you like Sapp is your prerogative but some other scouts have said the same thing. Some of Garrett’s best games came against lesser opponents. Some have said Garrett was double teamed but so is Antonio Bryant and that didn’t stop him from getting his numbers and still dominating. As a Steelers fan, I am so ready for the Browns to get it right, so we can start having competitive games against one another but it is up to them to do their homework.

  28. Sapp could be right…. but….

    More than likely, he’s just trying to stay relevant….which is increasingly more difficult…

    I will say this….this is shaping up to be 2013esque bad draft

  29. Sapp? Who cares. That having been said, can someone point me to a game against high level competition where Garrett dominated and took over the game with his play on D?

  30. I don’t know if Warren Sapp is the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he hit this nail right square on the head. Sapp is right about every detail. I first saw Garrett as a freshman and I instantly penciled him in as a future number one overall pick. I think I was looking at offensive lineman from the other team, and this guy kept catching my eye. So he definitely has the talent of a number one guy. But I also saw the complete tape where he was not playing at the dominant level on every play. He rested a lot. Just went through the motions a lot. But the splash plays were there. And Sapp is right about the coaches. They think they can motivate a guy to play hard every down. Bad scouts look more at numbers than they do the tape. Those are lazy scouts. Numbers are easy to read. The tape takes a lot more work, but it’s much more accurate. Personally, I wouldn’t take him number one. I need a guy who’s motor runs high every play. Those are the guys that are working harder in the off-season to make sure they’re in good enough shape to play hard every down. That’s how you measure how much a guy loves football. How hard is he working when nobody’s watching? You don’t find out how much a guy loves football by asking him. The tape tells you that. The guys that play hard every down are the guys that love football. They have plenty of time to rest after the game.

  31. Sapp knows what he’s talking about. Say what you want about him as a person, but that dude’s motor was always running. Very few DTs have had an impact like he did. If he doesn’t like what he sees on tape of Garrett, that’s a red flag for me.

  32. I hope he isn’t but this kid seems ready to be a big time bust.

    Soft and lazy on the field never translates well on the field against other real pros.

  33. I agree with Warren … watch the games and wait for a “wow” play … few and far between ..

    Most of the time he and his play go unnoticed except for the occasional lollygaggle play (cruising) where he doesn’t even give an effort to catch the runner.

    I’d pass at #1

  34. What’s funny is Sapp and Booger McFarland are friends . Booger said some of the same things a couple weeks ago and Garrett cancelled an interview with Booger .

  35. This Sapp dude stole a check from my Raiders for a couple of years after his cocaine-riddled body was of no use on a NFL football field. I would give zero credence to this guy if he told me water was wet.

  36. I totally agree with this moron. Garrett isn’t even in my top 5 and never was. He’s a work out warrior. Barnett is the same league dominated games. Garrett got shut down a lot.

  37. flaccounibrow says:
    Apr 23, 2017 8:41 PM
    Sapp talked his way into the HOF…Talk about over rated.
    _____________________
    Warren Sapp, the player, was a terror on the field throughout his career.

    How old are you?

  38. Warren Sapp is a turd, but he’s right about Garrett. Where did Garrett dominate in the SEC? He was a nothing for three years against LSU’s quarterback-challenged, one-dimensional offense, which was still as close to a pro-style offense as you’ll get in college football. LSU put up 54 points against Garrett’s A&M defense in his last College Station home game, and Garrett was invisible. He’ll be a bust.

  39. I share your skepticism about motivation with these kind of reports (many of these coming from your site). But I do think, the newsworthy part of this is actually that Sapp, who is qualified to know pass rushers (and player’s motor), is spotting and calling out that the so-called experts may be wrong because they are ignoring the lack of motor in this case.

    A good example of this ( I’ve seen as a niner’s fan) is Aldon Smith and 1997 DPOY Stubblefield. Tell me how many sacks did Aldon have after Justin Smith tore his bicep? And how many did Dana Stubblefield have in Wash without the high motor Bryant Young next to him?

    I’m hoping Garret falls to #2, but just so SF could trade down for a ransom and still draft Lattimore.

    -go niners

  40. I saw someone said Sapp was over-rated?

    I hated Sapp. From the U until the Raiders I hated the guy.
    Sapp was one of the most dominating players in the NFL at any position and always one of the top few players in the league for the majority of his years.

    Sapp deserves to be named with Lott, Singletary, Sanders, maybe falling short of LT as some of the best defenders the league will ever see.

    How soon we forget.

  41. I have to believe the Browns signed Greg Williams with the wink, wink, nudge, nudge… we’re getting Garret for you to motivate and form into the player you want. Get the most out of him!!!

  42. Garrett had a knee injury in 2016 and was still solid. Did he take some plays off? Yes, probably to protect his health, which is probably understandable given the knee injury. He played against some good linemen in college and beat them. It isn’t like he got all his productivity against lesser talent. This guy is the best pass rusher in the draft. He is also the most athletic player in the draft. If you look hard enough at every potential pick you can find some flaw. Next to QBs, which are clearly weak this year, pass rushers are the most valuable quantity in the NFL. Thomas and Allen are good DLs, but Garrett is slightly better. He is unquestionably the best choice at #1.

  43. Myles Garrett is a bust. Sapp is 100 percent correct. I said the same thing about Garrett 2 months ago.

    What u do against elite competition will dictate success in the NFL. When over half your sacks are against Nevada, Rice, Lamar, UTSA and Louisiana Monroe that means u arent very good.

    Cam Robinson for Alabama dominated this scrub 1 on 1 and locked him up all game long

  44. flaccounibrow says:
    Apr 23, 2017 8:41 PM
    Sapp talked his way into the HOF…Talk about over rated.
    ——————————————————————–

    You just put a big sign around your neck saying “I DON’T KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT.”

  45. The only player Sapp thinks is great, is himself. Just like several other retired players, they don’t think anyone is as good as they were. Listen to them … the older they get, the better they were!

    Who was silly enough to give Sapp a microphone?

  46. Savage, McFarland, and now Sapp all saying the same thing. Garrett has motivation issues. I wouldn’t take him in the top five. Allen is a better prospect.

  47. I, for one do not believe a defensive player that did not play on a top defensive unit should go number one…ever. If a guy shines on a top ranked defense, I know that he has a greater chance to do it on the next level. It’s easy to look good when you clean up teammates’ mistakes if one is an elite talent compared to the rest of his teammates. I’d always give a longer look at the best player on the best defenses if I am looking to go defense at #1.

  48. It must be tuough for Warren to not have a studio microphone to scream into every week. Nobody cared then what Warren thought and nobody cares now. If he’s so smart why isn’t he working as a personnel guy for a team?

  49. Maybe Garrett shouldn’t be the number one overall pick, and if that’s your position it’s fine. However, if that is your position, then it should include who you think SHOULD be the number one overall instead of Garrett.

    Reggie White isn’t included in every draft class, neither is Peyton Manning. Someone has to go first, so who should it be then?

  50. Sapp is paid to yap – to shoot his mouth off and attract attention, not unlike Charles Barkley. The day after day 1 whatever he said will be forgotten, indeed it will probably be forgotten not long after the 1st pick, whoever it is.

  51. What this guy was in college may not have anything to do with the pros. Every guy he goes up against is good. He’s not going to have an Iowa State push over in front of him. If he doesn’t have man eater in his gut we’ll find out. Jadeveon Clowney looked like a bust his first two years. Last year he was a man eater. There can only be speculation at this point. I like Garrett because he’s grounded. His favorite band is Journey! That doesn’t mean he’s any good but it does mean he’s got his head on straight. Anthropology is his major. He reads and writes poetry. He’s a first in, last to leave type guy.

  52. Sapp spent his entire Hall of Fame career in the trenches, so he knows what he’s talking about. His character here is completely irrelevant. He may be the second biggest a-hole on Earth (after Trump) but he knows line play, a lot more than all the morons here on PFT. If he says that Garrett shouldn’t be the #1 pick then that’s good enough for me. When it comes to quarterbacking play who would you listen to, Peyton Manning or someone here on PFT?

  53. Have to agree with Sapp. Garrett maybe a very good player down the road and may last in the league a long time because of the measurables, but he’s not a game changer. The league misses on the game changers too often because of risk.

  54. Who the hell cares what Sapp has to say??? The guys never been right about anything ever. Remember when he guaranteed that the Pats would lose the Super Bowl because Russ Holstein couldn’t stop anyone??? Russ played a hell of game once again proving Sapp knows nothing. Just knows how to bug his eyes out, make that stupid fake laugh and rip off prostitutes.

  55. Sapp is right, Garret has some laziness and meh attitude, an arrogant dude, but you can’t deny he has world class talent, if he matures properly will be HOF player.
    Browns has to take their chances and draft him.

  56. After his time on the Raiders, Sapp would know about disappearing on tape. But as far as being an NFL “analyst” he’s been about as accurate as Mike Carey.

  57. Sapp should have no voice. Pay your child support and say your sorry for all the girls friends you had when married

  58. With the current CBA it’s not as painful to miss on a high pick like in the Jamarcus Russell days.

  59. Glad to see ESPN cut all the dross from their payroll…leaving us with the real talents like Warren Sapp. Man, what a trainwreck.

  60. I love these fans that base opinions on one game or a series of games based on TV footage. The scouts and coaches in all sports watch a different game tape than we see on TV, we don’t know what players are doing away from the ball/puck. The real analysis comes from guys that see the whole field. Point, going into last year when everybody was killing the NYJ for not committing to Fitzpatrick right away, Jaworski said that he watched the film from everyone of his games
    the previous year and said that he was “lucky” to not have had another 15 picks…sure enough Fitz was a pick machine.

  61. i have seen film of Garrett, he does not give 100 percent all of the time, this pick WILL come back to haunt the Browns, and mark the end of the e Jackson era……..

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