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