Instead of reaching for a quarterback in a decidedly weak quarterback class, the Browns did the right thing and took pass rusher Myles Garrett with the first-overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. And now Garrett will be tasked with slowing down some of the best quarterbacks in the AFC, starting with the division-rival Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger.
Garrett wasted little time joining the rivalry. Shortly after he was drafted he told ESPN's Randy Moss that "I'm going to try to take [Big Ben] down," adding that he's been following Roethilsberger's career for "a very long time" and "I can't wait to face him."
And if you're the Browns, this is exactly what you want to hear from your first-round pick, especially when the opposing quarterback in question is a whopping 21-2 against you.
Not surprisingly, Roethlisberger and his offensive line sounded unconcerned. We can only guess that Big Ben's .913 winning percentage against Cleveland has something to do with that.
"I was talking to (center Maurkice Pouncey) after Garrett called me out," Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Pounce got a big kick out of it. All of my linemen enjoyed hearing it. They can't wait to get started. I can't, either."
And there's this from Steelers right tackle Marcus Gilbert:
See you 9/10 big fella— Marcus Gilbert (@MarcusGilbert88) April 28, 2017
The Browns host the Steelers in the season opener and travel to Pittsburgh 16 weeks later for the season finale.