The Browns have selected Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett with the first pick in Thursday’s NFL draft.
Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot first reported the news. Commissioner Roger Goodell made it official at the podium.
Garrett was long the odds-on favorite for the No. 1 pick, though Cleveland was rumored to be considering North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky as that spot.
Garrett, a 6'4", 272-pound defensive end, had 32.5 sacks in three collegiate seasons with the Aggies.
“[Garrett] is absolutely explosive off the snap,” SI.com’s Chris Burke wrote. “He can cover a ton of ground with his first couple steps, yet does so with the control to cut back toward a tackle’s inside shoulder when he has an opening. His power shows up in the form of a bull rush, and he also can spin out of that initial contact to leave a lineman grasping at air.”