Garrett 1st to Browns, Bears trade up for QB Trubisky
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 28, 2017,
Apr 28, 2017, 9:14
He is the first quarterback drafted in the first round by Chicago since Rex Grossman was selected 22nd overall in in 2003.
Trubisky ranks fifth at North Carolina in career passing touchdowns (41), sixth in yards passing (4,762) and seventh in total offense (5,201).
For months National Football League insiders, outsiders, observers, coaches and GMs alike had wondered when the first of a group of talented but probably-not-ready-to-play quarterbacks would be selected. Instead, they swapped picks with the 49ers and gave them a third- and fourth-round choice this year plus a third-rounder next year.
Another LSU player, safety Jamal Adams, was taken by the New York Jets, one pick after Tennessee, needing an upgrade at wide receiver, selected Corey Davis of Western Michigan.
The trepidation quickly turned to relief and then pure joy when the pick was made official - Garrett to the Browns at No. 1 - and the Muni Lot crowd errupted.
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With a chance to get Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson at No. 12, the Browns sent that pick to Houston for the No. 25 selection and the Texans' first-round pick in 2018. That's how you make your teammates better, and that's how you make the other quarterbacks better.
The Chicago Bears stole the Browns' thunder, and everybody else's, with a stunning trade-up and selection before the draft was 20 minutes old Thursday night.
The Cleveland Browns hold the first pick, and rumors have been flying as to whether the team will select consensus No. 1 player, Myles Garrett from Texas A&M or if the team will roll the dice and draft one of the quarterbacks. Ross set a record for the 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine, blazing to a 4.22.
"It was really just a weight off my shoulders", he said on a Chicago conference call.
"I knew there were teams inquiring about going up", he said. While Garrett was bothered by some injuries last season, at times he was unblockable in the tough SEC. "I didn't think I was going to be picked until the commissioner said my name".
New Orleans, which chose Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore earlier, concluded the round with Wisconsin tackle Ryan Ramczyk. "Now, it's time to put in that work so I can be prepared to go against the best".
Why will the Cleveland Browns draft Myles Garrett?
The NFL's 82nd entry draft continues Friday starting at 7 p.m. EDT, with Rounds 2-3.