Gar­rett be­gins NFL ca­reer path with a Hall of Famer in his ear

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Nate Ul­rich Akron Beacon Jour­nal

Myles Gar­rett BEREA, OHIO — gets it.

The Cleve­land Browns rookie — the No. 1 over­all pick in this year’s draft out of Texas A&M — re­al­izes how valu­able leg­endary pass rusher Bruce Smith would be as a men­tor, and Gar­rett doesn’t want to waste an op­por­tu­nity to learn from one of the great­est play­ers in NFL history.

Smith visited Gar­rett at his home in Arlington to watch col­lege game film and of­fer ad­vice on draft day in late April. The meet­ing was set up through the NFL Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion with in­put from Gar­rett’s mother, Au­drey, who hails from the same part of Vir­ginia as Smith.

Gar­rett said he’s de­ter­mined to build the re­la­tion­ship.

“He’s will­ing to be a help­ing hand any­time I need it, so I know com­ing up soon, as soon as I get this cou­ple days un­der my belt to see what the game is like, see what the pace is, I’ll just pick his brain and see what he can of­fer ’cause he’s one of the best,” Gar­rett said. “I know he’s go­ing to have some use­ful in­for­ma­tion.”

Smith is ex­cited about Gar­rett’s de­sire to have him in his life.

TONY DEJAK / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Myles Gar­rett, the No. 1 over­all pick in the NFL draft out of Texas A&M, signs au­to­graphs after prac­tice last week at Browns train­ing camp in Berea, Ohio.

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