The Kansas City Chiefs hold the 27th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. That gives them a very slim chance of landing Myles Garrett, who many think will be the number one overall pick.
Arguably the best prospect out there this year is defensive end Myles Garrett out of Texas A&M. Garrett, a junior at Texas A&M, decided to enter the draft a year early and could end up being the number one overall pick.
Just about every mock draft out there has Garrett going number one overall to the Cleveland Browns. The Browns are a mess of a franchise though and could decide to draft a quarterback, another big position, or simply trade down if anyone were wanting that number one pick.
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So with the Chiefs not on the clock until pick 27, why even cover Myles Garrett? That’s easy. I cover as many prospects as I can between now and draft weekend. Plus, things could change and Garrett’s draft stock could end up dropping by the time the Chiefs make their selection.
Garrett has been compared to former Cowboys and possibly former Broncos pass rusher Demarcus Ware by CBS Sports. If that’s what Garrett could bring, then sign me up.
In three seasons with the Aggies, Myles Garrett recorded 141 total tackles, 31 sacks, and forced seven fumbles. He had a career-high 11.5 sacks during his sophomore season in 2015 and 11 sacks the season prior to that.
What Garrett brings his team is the ability to hit the quarterback and make him uncomfortable all day long. That’s something that the KC Chiefs lacked in 2016, rarely getting pressure on the quarterback. We all saw how badly they struggled at getting close to Big Ben in the playoff game. Garrett would be an instant impact player in Kansas City.
Projecting who the number one pick in the draft isn’t always a smooth process though. If there’s no “must-have” quarterback, then teams tend to offer up that number one spot to another franchise. This could be another instance of that, but I would be shocked if Garrett doesn’t go number one overall.
Cleveland basically needs to rebuild in every area on their team, indicated by their 1-15 record a season ago, and Garrett instantly improves their pass rush. It’d be hard to pass up on a guy who could be the second coming of Demarcus Ware.
Todd McShay’s Top 32 rankings of prospects was released on January 9th, and he had Myles Garrett first on that list. Here’s what he had to say:
"Garrett is the best pure pass-rusher in the 2017 draft. He played through an ankle injury for much of this season and still finished tied for sixth in the SEC with 15.0 tackles for loss (including 8.5 sacks). He has a lethal combination of first-step quickness, bend, power and hand-to-hand combat skills. After adding 10 pounds of muscle last offseason, he has been stronger setting the edge in the running game."
While there’s a very, very slim chance that the Kansas City Chiefs even have a shot at drafting Myles Garrett, you never know. The combine hasn’t happened yet and a lot still needs to be done before Roger Goodell is announcing the destinations of the first-round picks.
What do you think, Chiefs Kingdom? Is there any shot that the Chiefs could land Myles Garrett? I highly doubt it.
All analysis courtesy of CBS Sports, which was linked above.