Browns take defensive end in 1st NFL pick
Browns take defensive end in 1st NFL pick

Defensive end Myles Garrett has been selected by the Cleveland Browns with the first pick of the National Football League Draft in Philadelphia.

The 21-year-old Garrett, who played college football for Texas A&M and is considered an elite edge rusher with rare explosiveness, joins a Browns team that went a league-worst 1-15 last season.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the announcement after being showered with boos in his welcome words from the estimated 70,000 that packed the area stretching from the main stage in an open-air theatre built on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Garrett, who has drawn comparisons to long-time NFL standout Julius Peppers, had 11.5 sacks as a freshman and the next season was a finalist for the Lombardi and Hendricks Awards as college football's top defender with 12.5 sacks and five forced fumbles.

Despite a knee injury early in 2016, Garrett was still named a first-team All-American as a junior with 15 tackles for a loss and 8.5 sacks in 11 games.

AAP

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