The Cleveland Browns are one of the most exciting teams in the league & they have not even played a game with their new roster. Baker Mayfield is expected to have an outstanding sophomore year, somehow better than his spectacular freshman season. Jarvis Landry is expected to thrive now that he’s got a proper number one receiver. That receiver is Odell Beckham Jr. and he’s expected to do the usual. With an offense and an offensive line that’s ready to make some noise, and silent some critics, it’s easy for one to forget about the defensive side of the ball.
When you hear critics speak about why the Browns aren’t Super Bowl contenders, despite the roster, it’s usually because of one of two things: continuity and defense. Last year, the Browns ranked 30th in defense, only in front of Kansas City & Cincinnati. They allowed nearly 400 yards per game and opponents put up an average of 24.5 points per game. When you hear about the Browns this offseason, it’s almost always been about the offensive improvements and how either Baker or OBJ will be the guy leading the charge, but I believe a tank of a human being that goes by Myles Garrett might have something to say about that.
In his rookie season, Myles’ numbers were as follows: 31 tackles, 12 assisted and seven sacks. That’s pretty good for a rookie that only played in 11 games. The next season, his number took a leap and he saw 44 tackles where only nine were assisted and he doubled the number of hits to the quarterback. Now, imagine that talent spending less time on the field because the offense is producing. Imagine him energized and ready to back up his brothers on the other side of the ball.
Now, take into account the addition of two defensive Pro Bowlers in Sheldon Richardson and Olivier Vernon. A more seasoned Denzel Ward, who has rookie Greedy Williams on his side. While everyone has been obsessing over the offense, positively or otherwise, the defense has been bolstered.
They’ve brought in impactful talent and guys who played well last year and are expected to get even better.
That’s where Myles comes in.
He’s the guy that will lead that side of the ball. The guy that you’ll get used to hearing about it because of his speed, endurance and brute strength. Expect his number to jump once more. He’s currently ranked 49th out of the top-100 players in the league and as he already stated, expect him to never be ranked that low again.
For as long as the Browns have been down, fans have finally got something to look forward to and despite the noise, or lack thereof, Myles Garett is poised to be not only a staple of this franchise but one of the best defenders in the entire league. Arguing who will be more impactful may simply be a
product of the talent on the roster, so while it may not matter much who takes the reigns in the end, it’s got to be satisfying knowing that the Browns have drafted young players who are capable of leading this team, but only time will tell.