Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett is projected as the No. 1 overall selection of the NFL draft in April, a position that comes with plenty of pomp and pageantry on draft day.
Pomp and pageantry aren’t for Garrett, however, because he told the Chronicle on Friday he intends to watch the draft surrounded by the comfort of family and friends in Arlington.
“I’m staying at home,” Garrett said.
Garrett said nothing will change his mind, because he wants the moment to be more cherished than on a stage in Philadelphia. Should he go No. 1 to the Cleveland Browns, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell won’t have anyone to hug on the stage in what’s a typically celebrated moment for the league.
The NFL had a similar situation when Jameis Winston was the No. 1 overall pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he also opted to stay home.
Garrett is in Houston as one of four finalists for the Lombardi Award, which will be given out on Saturday night at a banquet. Garrett, known for his thoughtfulness and kindness off the field, finished with 32.5 sacks over his three seasons at A&M. He chose to bypass his senior season with the Aggies.
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SOURCE: The Houston Chronicle