Published: Tue, April 11, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Leonard Fournette still in play as No. 1 overall pick

Leonard Fournette still in play as No. 1 overall pick

I don't see that happening, and in the end, I suspect the Browns take pass rusher Myles Garrett.

There is the argument that Fournette could be a star so it doesn't matter where he is selected, but running backs in today's National Football League have shorter careers than most other positions. In the meantime, Garrett, who grew up in Arlington, Tex., has been content to supply a steady stream of headlines, such as when he asked Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in a playful ESPN video to trade way, way up to draft him because the Cowboys are his "hometown team". A trade down would be perceived by fans and media as a coup if the Browns can credibly take the position that whoever they'd get later is the guy they wanted right out of the gates. Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson look like role players at this point, but Fournette is an old school workhorse-type back that probably has untapped potential as a pass catcher.

During a tour of ESPN's campuses in Connecticut, Garrett opted not to speak on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike, which featured guest host Booger McFarland.

Garrett believes he can be an immediate "difference maker" for Cleveland. Jason LaCanfora said it's still a possibility even though Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett is a super heavyweight favorite to go to the Browns with that pick.

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Garrett added that McFarland never gave him credit for improving against the run with each season or playing with a broken hand, which he found unfair.

"Everybody has their down years and at any time it can be turned around", Garrett said in March. He is widely viewed as the best running back in this class and one of the top overall prospects.

That aside, I do wonder what would lead to this kind of information leaking out.

This does not guarantee that the Browns will use their top pick on Garrett. "The Cowboys, they turned around their season in a big way".

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