No doubt, however, the additions of Garrett and Peppers are significant ones that will add to some of the young talent that is already on the roster for Cleveland, including nose tackle Danny Shelton, defensive ends Xavier Cooper and Carl Nassib, and outside linebackers Emmanuel Ogbah and Nate Orchard.
It's only rookie minicamp and Garrett still has yet to go against future Hall-of-Famer Joe Thomas, but it's at least encouraging to see the team's top pick show some signs of what he could do.
According to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, Garrett said Smith informed him that he was too slow off the ball in college: "He said I was slow off the ball, but that is coming from the very best". He's probably said some things and recognizing at that microphone things get twisted a little bit differently when the whole national media's on it.
"Most people wouldn't say that, but he's one of the greatest if not the greatest pass-rusher", Garrett said. "If I learn that and just keep on practicing that, I'll perform at a high level". Of course, this now opens the door for additional criticism, which is something Garrett should get used to anyway.
"I know he will be a presence who will mentor me and all of us to be better players on and off the field", Garrett said. "Holy smokes. Oh my gosh". Myles Garrett, the defensive end from Texas A&M, went number one overall to the Cleveland Browns.
"I'm not trying to take any time off", he said. "I don't know why you think of me like that, but everyone is entitled to an opinion", he said.
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And he's no stranger to having big games against the Cavs. "I usually don't say anything, and I just go out there and play hard". The Celtics shot 65 percent from the field in the first quarter and 53 percent overall, including 16 of 33 on 3-point attempts.
"We're not scared of it. Myles, I think you'll find, if you go back and look at his press conference, has the right amount of levity balancing that confidence".
Garrett said he works out twice a day, in the morning and evening.
Garrett said life as the No. 1 pick is mostly the same, with a few more "random" requests to pose for pictures.
Brown explained they spent a half day with four or five of their top-rated prospects before the draft, and Garrett was one of them. I won't run from that.
That's why you saw some backlash over the the hype from a guy like Sapp and maybe why Smith was willing to criticize Garrett while watching his game. Just to correct, he didn't say he'd hurt Ben, he did say he'd take him down, but you have to spend time with him.