The Sweet Reason No. 1 NFL Pick Myles Garrett Stayed Home for the Draft

Myles Garrett

The Sweet Reason No. 1 NFL Pick Myles Garrett Stayed Home for the Draft

The defensive end also had some words for Ben Roethlisberger.

Published April 28, 2017

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.

  1. Myles actually reiterated his decision to not attend the NFL Draft weeks prior on ESPN

    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.

  2. And Here's The Happy Moment That He Was Confirmed And Called As the Top Selection

    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."

  3. This is How the Moment Looked At the Actual Draft in Philly

    The dominating pass rusher is just what the Browns desperately need, too.

  4. And the Confident DE didn't waste time firing shots at Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger

    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.

  5. Shortly after being drafted, Myles got this congratulatory call from NFL legend Jim Brown

    The young fella won't forget this call anytime soon.

  6. Garrett Then Held Court With A Media Call Afterwards

    The Browns kept their promise, indeed.

  7. It's safe to say that celebrating being drafted with family and friends and inking a deal with Adidas has Myles Garrett feeling like...

    He's on top of the world right about now.

Written by Mark Lelinwalla

(Photo: AP/REX/Shutterstock)

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