Myles Garrett believes mindset will be the key to success with the Cleveland Browns after they selected him with the first pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Garrett had been viewed as the consensus top pick in the draft, but there had been late talk of the Browns passing on the Texas A&M pass rusher to take North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
That scenario did not come to pass, though, and defensive end Garrett can now relax with the marathon of the draft process firmly behind him.
And he is already focusing on how he can help the Browns begin to turn things around following a 1-15 season last year.
"I can actually know where I'm going and know who I'm going up against, know the schedule," Garrett said of his feeling of relief at being selected.
"Now, it's time to put in that work so I can be prepared to go against the best.
"They picked me because they think they see something in me. They know that I can help them rebuild and turn this program around.
"That's the mindset that we have to have. Starting next year, we can put the pieces together. Not only the players, but with a mindset that we can actually do this.
"I know that the players there have that same mindset. I'm going to keep that feeling contagious."