The Projected No. 1 pick in the 2017 NFL draft is in a full-throated sing-along to a power ballad that hit the charts back when his parents were of make-out age. Yes, Myles Garrett -- the great hope for many an NFL franchise, a 6-foot-4, 272-pound man-eater by both position and on-field disposition -- is having a Journey moment. Restless hearts ... sleep alone tonight ... sendin' all my love ... along the wire. "'Faithfully' speaks to me," says the 21-year-old defensive end out of Texas A&M. "It's about a guy who's busy with his work, always on the road, but I'm still completely into you. If you just hold on, I'll completely give myself to you. Just stick along for the ride." We're driving through College Station, Texas, in Garrett's beloved beat-up Volvo, which is almost as old as the guy behind the wheel. The streets here are familiar to Garrett, but there are few reliable maps of where his career is headed come April 27. He is, after all, a once-in-a-decade pass-rushing prospect with NFL-ready skills and a track record of production. He totaled 32½ sacks, 48½ tackles for loss and 7 forced fumbles in three seasons, despite playing much of 2016 with a high ankle sprain. His freakish natural abilities have drawn comparisons to at least half of the Justice League's superheroes -- and that will likely buy him a one-way ticket to Cleveland, home of the NFL's worst team last season and seemingly every season. The Browns and everyone else know Garrett is a singular talent on the field, but it's his mind, and his curiosity about the broader world, that makes the biggest impression. To ride shotgun with Garrett, you have to play keep-up. In the span of a few minutes, he navigates the conversation from the genius of Journey to the true nature of astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson's power (his affability, in case you're wondering) to how the words of Maya Angelou can infuse every cell of your body with light and love. And that's before he gets to paleontology. "I don't think I'm the smartest player in the draft," Garrett tells me, "but if you consider all the things I think about daily, how many things intrigue me and I try to get involved in, I'm up there." Over the course of several chats in Aggieland, and perhaps helped by numerous carpool-karaoke duets, Garrett lets his guard down, proving himself confident, if soft-spoken. As it turns out, the draft's No. 1 star has dinosaur-sized dreams that only begin with football: to retire as the greatest NFL player of all time.
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Myles Garrett: The most interesting man in the draft
ESPN | Apr 10