Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Browns consider Garrett

Texas A&M star a top defensive pick


Cleveland’s front office might still be weighing its options with the No. 1 overall pick in next week’s NFL draft, but Browns cornerback Joe Haden has made up his mind and wants Texas A&M’s defensive end Myles Garrett, a 6-foot-4, 272-pound freight train in pads.

“I would be super-excited if they took this guy Myles Garrett,” said the star cornerback.

Haden didn’t need much prompting to blurt out Garrett’s name, and he didn’t hold back while urging the Browns, coming off a 1-15 season, to snag the defensive standout considered the cream of the crop in a defense-rich draft.

“If it was my draft, then he would be,” Haden said with a smile. “But don’t get me in trouble.”

It would seem the Browns, who have a checkered draft history, can’t go wrong if they take Garrett, who dropped jaws at the NFL combine with a 41-inch vertical jump and 4.64-second 40-yard dash.


Jacksonvil­le linebacker Paul Posluszny is switching positions for the first time in his NFL career, and he doesn’t seem totally comfortabl­e with the decision. Posluszny said that new coach Doug Marrone is moving him from middle linebacker — the spot he’s played since peewee football — to strong-side linebacker. “It’s going to be the biggest challenge of my career,” Posluszny said.


New England is in position to poach another valuable backup away from their AFC East rival Buffalo Bills. The Bills stand to lose running back Mike Gillislee a year after failing to match the Patriots’ offer to sign receiver Chris Hogan. Gillislee signed New England’s twoyear, $6.4 million offer sheet.


Taxpayers contribute­d more than $4.6 million for an NFL stadium in Las Vegas in the first month that a new increase on area hotel taxes went into effect — ahead of projection­s for the state’s share of the project.


The NFL will release its 2017 regular-season schedule Thursday night. Super Bowl champion New England will host the kickoff game on Sept. 7, a Thursday night, possibly in a rematch of the title game with Atlanta. The season will end Dec. 31.

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