Myles Garrett soaked up all the revelry and prestige that comes with being a No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft last night. He just did it from the comfort of his hometown with friends and family.
The dominating defensive end was tabbed by the Cleveland Browns as the top overall selection in the Draft, with several family members and friends surrounding him in a party he set up in his hometown of Arlington, Texas — and not Philadelphia, where the actual 2017 NFL Draft was being held Thursday night.
So, why did Garrett decide to skip the actual Draft knowing he was going to be the No. 1 pick? Well, he explained his decision earlier this month during an interview on ESPN's SportsCenter, saying, "I wanted my whole family [there]."
Here's how Garrett broke down his decision to not attend the Draft, the moment he was selected first overall and all the festivities that followed. The confident 21-year-old even fired some shots at Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who Garrett and the Browns will face twice this season in the AFC North.
Congrats to Myles Garrett! Now, let's see if he can turn the struggling Browns franchise around.
We think it's pretty cool that the top overall pick gifted family and friends with this reception. After all, it's them who helped the defensive end get to where he is today.
Smiles were all around during the life-changing moment.
"It was really just a weight off of my shoulders to finally just get the announcement that what I have been working for is finally came to fruition and I can actually know where I am going, know who I am going up against and know the schedule," Garrett said, as reported by ESPN. "Now, it's time to put in that work so I can be prepared to go against the best."
The dominating pass rusher is just what the Browns desperately need, too.
Out of the three AFC North division rivals, Garrett said the quarterback he can't wait to meet the most is Ben Roethlisberger, of the rival Pittsburgh Steelers. And by meet, Myles really means completely destroy on the field. Oh, that Browns-Steelers game is going to be interesting.
The young fella won't forget this call anytime soon.
The Browns kept their promise, indeed.
He's on top of the world right about now.