Myles Garrett brings the heat for his first pitch in Cleveland

The Cleveland Browns got significantly better defensively on the first night of the draft when they took defensive end Myles Garrett from Texas A&M with the first pick and safety Jabrill Peppers from MI with the 25th pick after trading the 12th pick to Houston.

But there hasn't been much fun in being a Browns fan in recent years, especially during last year's 1-15 season.

These are not the methods of the old Browns, the team that traded up for Johnny Manziel and Brady Quinn and picked Brandon Weeden and 70,000 other quarterbacks whose primary attribute was that they happened to be available in the same year the Browns decided their last quarterback experiment had run its course.

Garrett, who gave up his final season of eligibility at A&M, became the first Texan to be tops in the draft since former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, who grew up in Houston, was selected by Indianapolis in 2012.

Jackson and the Browns were true to his word, as the Browns traded out of the No. 12 spot to accumulate more picks and opted not to reach for a quarterback and later took North Jersey native Jabrill Peppers out of MI with the 25th overall pick.

The Texans addressed their need at quarterback by trading with Cleveland to select Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson with the 12th overall pick.

Garrett, a freakish athlete who has been accused of sometimes taking plays off, could help change that.

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The 28-year-old Darling had a career-best 18 wins and a 2.38 goals-against average in 32 games for the Hawks this season. I thought they sort of took it to us in that aspect (in Game 3) and forced turnovers and forced mistakes.

He should immediately add some bite to a pass rush that accumulated only 26 sacks a year ago.

Meanwhile, Kevin Sumlin, his coach, was in Philly representing the Aggies, who produced the program's first-ever top draft pick.

"I know that the players there have that same mindset". We will find that out as we go, but I feel more comfortable and confident in our guys that are in the locker room and that they know what to expect and how we want to play. "If you trade up to take Trubisky, you're saying he's as good or better than Wentz, and I just don't see it".

Pluto says the Browns have nine more selections in this draft which continues this weekend. He was the Big Ten's Linebacker of the Year and made the first team after collecting 72 tackles, 16 for loss, four sacks and an interception.

The Browns registered just 26 sacks last season and were also next-to-last in total defense. Garrett wasn't anxious because head coach Hue Jackson told him he would be the first pick a couple weeks ago.

After the Cleveland Browns made the easiest selection of the night, there was a bit of a surprise. "I just have to keep working hard".

Garrett is aware of recent criticism about his game, including remarks by Hall of Famer Warren Sapp, who called him "lazy". "When you put those two things together, that's when you really skyrocket". That will speak volumes when you finally get there.


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