If Myles Garrett really wants to go down as one of the greatest of all time, he’s seeking advice from the right people.
The Cleveland Browns first overall pick was lucky enough to get a visit from Hall of Fame defensive end and all-time sack leader Bruce Smith on draft day, and took the opportunity to do more than exchange pleasantries.
Giving an interview to SB Nation’s Thomas George on Tuesday, Smith revealed that he traveled to Garrett’s home in Arlington, Texas on draft day, studying game film and discussing football as they awaited the Browns’ call.
The Buffalo Bills legend said he was impressed with his meeting, but admitted that Garrett has a few things to work on as he jumps from college to the pros.
I met a quality young man. He had a thirst for knowledge. He was like a sponge. We studied film for about an hour and a half. I could see that he is ready to play in the National Football League from a simple playing perspective. The conditioning, nutrition, proper study habits, those things must come. But nobody, I mean nobody, comes into the league being a polished pro. It takes a year or two and sometimes longer. But the ones that develop faster make a quicker impact and more meaningful contribution to the team and its success.
To that end, where I tried to give him meaningful advice, I said he was slow off the ball at times, and what I meant by that term is you have to come off that edge in simultaneous movement with the ball. The word slow is not as important as saying he is a little late, a little hesitant at times at the snap. I encouraged him to use that advantage where he knows tendencies, he knows formations, and he has the ability to get a quicker jump, especially playing in his own stadium when the crowd noise makes it difficult for the offense to hear signals. A fraction of a second can make a difference in getting a quality hit on the quarterback. And we know that maybe the most valuable play for a defense is the sack/fumble.
Smith, like Garrett, was the first overall selection in 1985 and expects his fellow top pick to have “a bright future.”
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