Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp would now a thing or two about defense. The former defensive tackle dominated the landscape of the NFL for the better part of his 13-year career, earning seven trips to the Pro Bowl in the process.
So when Sapp has an opinion about today’s football world, we should probably pay attention.
In talking about former Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, Sapp himself doesn’t seem to be terribly impressed.
“I don’t see it from this kid,” Sapp said Sunday about Garrett, via ESPN. “I see the splash plays — everybody gets those. Where’s the game he took over? Where? Any defensive lineman who’s the No. 1 pick, you turn up and you say, ‘There it is!’ This kid, no, I don’t. I’m a pretty plain and frank guy, and I watch the tape and he disappears. I watch the tape and he absolutely disappears.”
Garrett ramains the consensus No. 1 prospect in this week’s draft. And despite reports of a split in the Cleveland Browns’ organization, it still seems likely that they will select him first overall when the annual event kicks off in Philadelphia on Thursday.
It’s still rather interesting that Sapp would be so outspoken about his worries regarding Garrett. Whether the Browns take that into account remains to be seen. But it is an opinion that some within the team’s front office might share, especially if they are banging the drum for Mitch Trubisky No. 1 overall.