The sense that the Browns will select Texas A&M defensive end No. 1 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft isn’t growing, because there’s no room to grow. Cleveland doing anything other than taking Garrett would be a major shock and completely disrupt our entire 2017 NFL Mock Draft system.

And it would also cause Garrett to unleash some vengeance on the Browns for the next decade. Speaking to ESPN the Magazine for a pre-draft Q&A, Garrett said that he will “punish” the Browns for the next decade and “knock” their quarterback out every time they play if they don’t take him with the top pick.

He was actually asked why the Browns should take him and gave a good answer, but there was definitely a layer of potential vengeance involved, particularly if the Browns decided to take a quarterback instead of him at No. 1.

“Because I’ll be a difference-maker from day one. And I’m not gonna be in any trouble. I’m just gonna make plays and bring a good atmosphere to your organization,” Garrett said. “And I’m gonna start winning and winning now. And because if you don’t draft me No. 1, I will punish your team for the next 10 to 12 years. I’ll knock your QB out of the game every time we play you, and I’ll have to kick the hell out of No. 1, whoever it is.”

The entire interview is a pretty fascinating read because Garrett is not comparable to your typical 20-something coming into the NBA. For instance, Garrett isn’t just about football. He is also sort of obsessed with dinosaurs. And poetry.

“I didn’t know how this would play out when I was a kid. I knew I wanted to play ball, be a paleontologist and write poetry,” Garrett said. “I thought, ‘Heck, where will I find the time? Well, football comes first, and I’ll just find some time for poetry, and paleontology can come at the end.’ I made this plan at 14, and dang, it’s all coming together. The day I’ve been dreaming of is tomorrow. Now I have to face it. I’ll either attack it and win or get swallowed by it.”

If Garrett was a lesser player -- or maybe even a quarterback, honestly -- he might get ripped for taking time out to work on poetry. Not even kidding: he was asked about the hobbies being a concern by both ESPN and previously by someone else.

“I heard something like that. “What are your hobbies outside of football and will you go back home or stay around the area during the offseason?” I’ll be right here, doing the same thing I’m doing now: making sure my body’s right and finding some way to entertain myself that’s not illegal or stupid,” Garrett said.
It’s pretty perfectly football that someone could be concerned Garrett isn’t alpha enough because he’s refined as a person in terms of the things he likes off the field.