Browns make easy choice and select Garrett, Bears trade up for Trubisky


The Cleveland Browns made the easiest choice in recent NFL Draft history, taking defensive end Myles Garrett with the first overall pick.

There had been much speculation that the Browns would pass on Garrett, a once-in-a-generation pass rusher widely regarded as the best player in the draft, in favour of North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

But such talk proved false, with the Browns making the logical decision to add Garrett to a defense that ranked 31st in the NFL last season.

Garrett proved a nightmare for opposing offenses to deal with during his collegiate career at Texas A&M, racking up 31 sacks and 47 tackles for loss during his time with the Aggies.

He will attempt to have a similar impact for a Browns team coming off a 1-15 campaign in 2016, head coach Hue Jackson's first year in charge.

With Garrett off the board, the San Francisco 49ers, who had the only defense worse than the Browns last year, opted to trade the second pick to the Chicago Bears.

The Bears sent the third pick as well as selections in round three and four along with a third-rounder next year to the 49ers to draft Trubisky.

Trubisky only started 13 games in his collegiate career but threw for 3,748 yards with 30 touchdowns and just six interceptions.

The 49ers made it two pass rushers in three picks, by taking defensive end Solomon Thomas from just down the road at Stanford.