The expectations heaped on a No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft are pretty huge. If you're taken with the top pick in the draft, it's expected that you will be able to make an impact on your team and potentially turn around the fortunes of a franchise that has presumably struggled.
In Cleveland things are even more dire. The Browns have been bad for years, and they're hoping that defensive end Myles Garrett, the No. 1 choice in the 2017 NFL Draft, will spark a defense and franchise that needs playmakers.
Garrett has a message for those fans with high expectations: he is not a "savior," according to what he told NFL Network.
"It takes a culmination of all these guys coming together and just having the attitude that we're not going to lose. And that's what we're going to do. I can't be a savior," Garrett said. "But I can be the best I can be. I can give it my all and make plays and dominate my side of the field, but it takes all 11 guys with a certain thought process that we're going to go out there and we're going to win."
The good news is that Garrett's saying this for a smart reason, with the former Texas A&M standout also noting that "one person can't win games."
All of this comes around to the point that you can't just win football games with a single player, particularly a single defensive end. If one defensive player could alter how a team plays, then the Texans would have a Super Bowl victory behind J.J. Watt's performance during some of his Defensive Player of the Year seasons.
Garrett wasthe Browns chasing a quarterback. He issued a pretty aggressive if they decided to pass on him.
So maybe it's a little surprising to hear Garrett take the non-cocky road when it comes to expectations. On the other hand, he's a smart guy, so he probably understands just how much work it's going to take for the Browns to start winning again. This is probably the wise choice on Garrett's part, even if the part about not being a savior will inevitably be taken out of context.