Follow the action with our 2017 NFL draft tracker with pick-by-pick results and analysis updating in real-time for all seven rounds.
Garrett has been the assumed No. 1 draft pick for a while now. He’s Premier League Cheap Jerseys a special talent, and his jaw-dropping performance at the NFL Combine only bolstered the hype. His skills on the football field were remarkable, and his measurables were so staggering, it became hard to compare him to anybody, even Jadeveon Clowney and Khalil Mack.
Garrett, a two-time first-team All-SEC player, was a unanimous All-American in 2016. Injuries limited him to 10 games during his junior year, but he still recorded 8.5 sacks, 33 tackles, with 15 of them for loss.
His numbers don’t tell the whole story of why he was the top pick in the draft this year, though.
After a 1-15 season, the Browns had the first pick, and their choice of any player, in the draft this year. They could have elected to draft a quarterback, and still could later in the first round with the 12th pick. After all, the Browns have had 26 starting quarterbacks since 1999. Instead, with the No. 1 pick, they went with the best player available.
Cooper broke his leg in his first preseason and never recovered. Even when he was healthy enough to take the field, he never came close to living up to his status as a No. 7 overall pick. The fact that he was a throwaway piece in the Cardinals’ Chandler Jones trade says it all.
And how does Hooker feel about those comparisons?
“It’s definitely an honor,” Hooker said after Ohio State’s pro day, via Around the NFL’s Conor Orr. “It’s a great thing for me personally to be named in the same sentence as a great like Ed Reed. It’s a humbling thing. It tells me I gotta keep working until people say that I’m a great. It’s just shocking, man, a Quality Cheap Jerseys great thing for me.”