Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett
Last year’s choice: Denzel Ward
Last year we ran this series with the understanding that the players from each division would overlap. Therefore, if we were doing this last year, I likely would not have picked Garrett from the Cleveland Browns as I already picked another edge rusher in Watt. That restricted things too much and we decided to scrap that idea.
With that out of the way, it is clear that the choice is Myles Garrett and if we did have to choose between Garrett and Watt it would be a close one. Both players are in the upper-echelon of NFL pass rushers and would make the Chargers one of the scariest teams in the league.
Garrett has two Pro Bowl seasons under his belt with his 2021 season being the most impressive of his four-year career thus far. The former first overall pick earned his first All-Pro selection in 2020, recording 12 sacks with 48 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 18 quarterback hits.
Twelve sacks may not seem super impressive but that is not the number to be fixated on. Garrett was constantly putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks all season and quite frankly he was doing it without having the best defense around him.
The Browns had a fairly mediocre defense last season with a secondary and linebackers group that left plenty to be desired. In a defense that gives him more time, he would thrive even more.
Plus, playing alongside Bosa reduces the number of double teams both guys will see, making them both better in the process.