Myles Garrett has “first-ballot” Hall of Fame potential, according to at least one NFL assistant coach. Rob Goldberg of Bleacher Report wrote on Monday that a poll conducted by Jeremy Fowler of ESPN showed the Cleveland Browns defensive end ranked as the fifth-best pass rusher in the entire league. The coach who talked to Fowler said that — when it’s going well for Garrett early — he’s an unstoppable force on the football field.
Fowler also reported that several of the NFL executives he talked to said the Chicago Bears’ Khalil Mack has better pass rushing abilities. Goldberg pointed out the comment about it “going well” early is critical for the young defender.
The 2017 number one overall pick in the NFL draft has amassed 30.5 sacks in just 37 games played. Garrett has notched at least two sacks in a game seven times throughout his career.
The problem, as Goldberg pointed out, is that Garrett can “disappear” in a game from time to time. This means that his presence isn’t felt and he doesn’t have much of an impact on the way the opposing offense operates. Garrett had four games in 2019 where he didn’t record a single sack.
However, the writer also pointed out that Garrett can still have an impact, even if he doesn’t get to the quarterback. He finished the 2018 season with 48 quarterback pressures, sixth in the NFL for the season.
Goldberg pointed out that while there is a consensus on just how talented the Browns’ defender is, there is also a consensus on the most significant concern over his impact. Garrett has a problem staying healthy and staying on the field. Sometimes, injuries keep him off the field. Other times, his temper causes him to miss game time, such as when he hit Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph over the head with Rudolph’s helmet.
Garrett appeared in just 11 games in his rookie season thanks to injuries. He still racked up 31 tackles and seven sacks in 2017. He managed to stay healthy and on the field in 2018 and finished his second season with the Browns with 44 tackles and 13.5 sacks.
In 2019, he managed to stay healthy but got into the end-of-game fight with Rudolph in week 10. He was suspended for the rest of the season, prematurely ending a year that saw him on track to post career-best numbers. Through the first 10 games of the season, Garrett had 29 total tackles and 10 sacks, meaning he was averaging one sack per contest.