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.”