Myles Garrett bucks trend, will play in Texas Bowl

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Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett announced Monday that he will play in the Texas Bowl next week.

That’s newsworthy — and Garrett felt compelled to make an announcement — because other top NFL Draft prospects have been deciding to not play in largely insignificant bowl games in light of the injury then-Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith suffered in last year’s Fiesta Bowl.

Both LSU running back Leonard Fournette and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey have announced they’re sitting out their final college games to prepare for the draft, and it seems to be something other top prospects will continue to do, this season and in future seasons.

But Garrett won’t.

“I plan to practice today and prepare to play in the bowl game with my teammates,” Garrett said in a statement released by Texas A&M.

Texas A&M lists Garrett at 6-foot-5, 270, and for nearly a year now various draft projections have listed Garrett as the potential No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft. Garrett, a junior, has not officially declared for the draft.

Last summer, Garrett told reporters he had heard suggestions he should sit out the season to protect his health and draft status but said he was strongly against it.

“You don’t disgrace the game like that and say ‘It’s not worth my time and I’ll be a first-round pick anyway,'” Garrett said then. “You play because you love it, not because you can make money from it.”

26 responses to “Myles Garrett bucks trend, will play in Texas Bowl

  1. Wish he would skip it as he may be a 49er this time next year(dont trust the QBS) but if he tears his ACL and baalke is still there…….. we will still pick him number 2

  2. I love how McCaffery and Fournette are sitting out to “prepare” for the draft. What, are they going to be doing 40 yard sprints and max rep bench presses at 225 while their teammates gut it out during the game?

  3. It’s a lovely sentiment, so long as he understands that at no point will any of the NFL’s 31 owners ever truly share it with him. They’re putting games on, not because they love football, but only because they can make money from it, and from you. Accepting that is the key to realizing and maximizing your considerable worth.

  4. I think he sees the built-in insurance clause. If he’s healthy and potentially goes #1 all is great.

    However, If he gets injured, then he probably isn’t a brown.

    nothing to lose.

  5. With the new pay scale this makes no sense. Unless it is career ending, you may be better off collecting insurance, falling in the draft, then making up for it on your second contract.

  6. angelogiaquinto18 says:
    Dec 19, 2016 5:39 PM

    I love how McCaffery and Fournette are sitting out to “prepare” for the draft. What, are they going to be doing 40 yard sprints and max rep bench presses at 225 while their teammates gut it out during the game?
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    no, they arent blowing out their knees for a game that means nothing.

  7. This is all just a campaign for himself. He knows he’s going to be a top pick whether its the Browns, 49ers, Chargers or whomever needs a top flight DE pass rusher. Does he care about making money, of course he does that’s the real reason to play that bowl game. He’s just ignorant enough to believe he’s above the injury bug.

  8. I think he sees the built-in insurance clause. If he’s healthy and potentially goes #1 all is great.

    However, If he gets injured, then he probably isn’t a brown.

    nothing to lose.

    10 4

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    Four browns fans don’t aprove this message.

  9. Good for him. He is better than the best prospect at any other position in next spring’s class except possibly Jonathan Allen. I know that nobody has it worse than the Browns when it comes to QBs but if they pass on this guy they deserve as many more years at the bottom of the food chain as they get.

  10. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Dec 19, 2016 5:39 PM
    This is a guy you spend the #1 pick on.
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    Until he blows out an ACL in anbowl game and then you’ll be berating your team for spending a #1 on him.

  11. The average RB’s career is much shorter than a D-Lineman. I don’t blame the RBs one bit for sitting out. Myles Garrett could probably be a number one pick, even with a bad knee. This guy’s a beast.

  12. I’m not sure what McCaffery is doing, but Fournette hasn’t been healthy all season. I think he deserves a little slack. Garrett is just mad that Fournette ran over him and that so- called defense on multiple occasions.

  13. I hope this forces NCAA to start paying players a little more than they are already getting paid. They should at least be able to make money signing autographs, etc.

  14. No worries. Browns FO, made up of Harvard lawyers and bean counters (+ baseball guy), are way too smart to draft anyone we know of. They’ll trade down and pick up a bunch of lower round picks, spread out over the next 6 years….and then tell everyone it’s part of their plan.

    (They just don’t tell anyone their plan is to reduce attendance and then have the excuse to move the team)

    If the Browns do get the #1 pick, look for these prospects to go back and finish school.

  15. Notice how those who want the top draftees to play in no name useless bowl games have nothing to lose.

    It’s always easy to gamble with other peoples money. Smart move not to play in those bowl games, which only benefit the NCAA and not the players. NFL draftees should protect their future and get signed – First. Then play all you want, and get PAID, in the NFL!

    Remember the South Carolina running back with a very promising future who played his heart out for SC who suffered severe knee injuries who is now out of the NFL because his gifted running style was ended with an injury on an NCAA playing field. He most have lost $60M minimum. Where’ s Marcus Lattimore’s lost future?! Currently rotting away as head coach at a South Carolina high school! The NCAA who financially benefitted from Lattimore’s playing is so low life that they weren’t decent enough to even find a position for him at the NCAA level.

    Where say all of you about the millions lost by Lattimore. Crickets, as usual. Bunch of whiners!

    And Lattimore had far greater running skills and was far more humble than that big mouthed Dallas RB Elliot who has only excelled because of that stellar Cowboy OL. Elliot could never be the man Lattimore is.

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