Myles Garrett had a phenomenal performance at the NFL Combine, recording eye-popping results in his drills that likely cemented his status as the Browns' No. 1 overall draft choice.
On Monday's episode of "Undisputed," FOX college football analyst Joel Klatt, Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe debated whether Garrett was worthy of being the No. 1 pick, and Klatt explained why teams would take DeShone Kizer over Deshaun Watson.
You can check out Klatt's list of the top 50 prospects in the draft here.
Skip Bayless: Garrett simply wasn't dominant enough in college
“I have major, multiple problems with this list -- but I’ll just boil it down to two. Look, I know you’re not alone in ranking Myles Garrett at the top of your list. I don’t get it because I did not see it.
"I just watch television, I don’t have coaches’ tapes… but I watch closely, and I’ve watched him for three years and I’ve read about him for three years, but I haven’t seen him for three years, because he rarely ‘flashed’ for me.
"Did he ever jump off my screen? Did I ever sit back and say, ‘He’s just unblockable at the college level,’ which should translate at the pro level? Did not happen.”
Skip Bayless: His combine performance was great, but it doesn't match his on-field resume
“So then I look at the numbers, and I look at 2014. His biggest sack game? Three and a half, it came against Louisiana-Monroe. 2015 his biggest sack game was 3.5 against Nevada. I don’t think I’m going to take that one to my bank. 2016, last year, his biggest sack game [was] 4.5. It came against the dominating University of Texas at San Antonio. Thank you very much, no thank you.
"So in 23 SEC games, Myles Garrett registered a grand total of 12 sacks. That’s about a half sack a game. That is not good enough to be the first pick in the draft, so I’m not buying what the Combine was selling -- because the combine screams ‘freak.’
"… It’s just spectacular what he did at the Combine. The numbers he put up are revolutionary for his size. I got all that. But if you have Deshaun Watson ranked as your second-best quarterback all the way down at 17th on your list, that is flat-out just as wrong because Deshaun Watson will do nothing but win games in the National Football League. And just by virtue of the position he plays, he should be first on your board -- and he should be ahead of the Notre Dame kid who just didn’t win enough games.”
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Joel Klatt: Garrett will be more productive in the NFL than he was in college
“Myles Garrett, he’s got a rare ability to play above the X's and O's, which in college doesn’t always translate to productivity. Because one thing you’re missing about productivity when it comes to sack numbers is they don’t translate in college to your individual ability.
"The schematics of college defenses, and the time that’s allotted for them to practice and scheme for the opponent … they’re not as malleable, and they’re not as, I would say, versatile, elastic as NFL defenses. So you can scheme against a pass rusher in the college game and he’s not going to get the numbers he would in the NFL game because in the NFL game what is it about? Matchups. And when you get that matchup and you’ve got the elasticity of your defense, schematically, you can put him in different places and then his ability will translate more in the NFL than it has in the college level.”
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Shannon Sharpe: Garrett will be good, but will he be an all-time great?
“When I look at Myles Garrett, I’m thinking that I should see Ndamukong Suh. You can attest to this. When you saw Ndamukong Suh play, you said ‘that guy’s going to be special.’
"When you see a Warren Sapp in college, you saw Bruce Smith or a Reggie White, ‘Those guys are the real deal.’
"At 6-foot-4 and a half, 272, a guy that can run as fast as he can, is explosive. For a man to be over 270 pounds to have a 41-inch vertical -- he’s explosive. … His nickname should be ‘Graveyard,’ because when he leaves the field there should be bodies everywhere.
"And I didn’t see it. I didn’t see it. He reminds you a lot of a guy, Mario Williams. Mario was 6-foot-6, 290, blew everybody away. 40-inch vertical. And he got 91.5 sacks, so is [Garrett] more Mario Williams or is he more Bruce Smith?”
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Joel Klatt: You have to think of drafting a player like as if you’re buying a house
“First of all, I feel really bad for you [Skip] because you clearly make terrible real estate decisions. You might be wondering to yourself, ‘What in the world are you talking about, I thought we were talking about the draft?’
"But you’re the type of buyer that every agent loves to see coming down the street. Because Skip walks in and he wants to see everything that’s right about the house, and he doesn’t want to see any of the blemishes with the house. So he’s going to walk in and say, ‘Hh I love it, this is fantastic.’
"What about the street corner? What about the foundation crack? What about the roof that’s leaking?
"The NFL Draft and the evaluation of these players is exactly like real estate. You have to go in seeking out the issues, or else you’re going to make bad decisions. You’re not trying to find the reason to take a player, you’re trying to find the reason to not take a player.”
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Joel Klatt: Why Deshaun Watson isn’t the top QB despite his college success
“In the quarterback decision of this year, I believe it’s two guys: Kizer and Watson. The measurables are clearly in Kizer’s favor, and both huge have huge issues. Huge. OK, not just little, huge. Inconsistencies across the board as it relates to how they play on a game-in, game-out basis. Watson had five games this last year -- you want to bring up all these stats from Myles Garrett -- well Deshaun Watson had five games where he had multiple interceptions.
"Clemson won in spite of their quarterback at times this year. That doesn’t happen in the NFL, and the reason is the margin between your talent and your competition’s talent is not as great as the college level. So his team’s not going to be able to overcome his inconsistent play in the NFL like they were able to do on the college level.
"When you look at his career - and this is, again, I’m going in trying to find the issues. This is what I don’t like about this process, it sounds like I’m trying to take apart his game … he’s a wonderful player, a great leader, he’s played his best when his best was needed. All of those things are true, but remember now, I’m buying a house. So I’ve got to find out all the issues. Every year his numbers have gone down as far as yards per attempt, his quarterback rating. So he’s gotten a little bit worse as time has gone on. As Chad Morris, his offensive coordinator, moved from Clemson to SMU, his numbers got a little bit worse. Kizer got a little bit better his entire career. So you’re seeing a trend in an opposite direction for these two players.”
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Joel Klatt: The case for Deshone Kizer over Deshaun Watson
“Kizer only had one game with multiple interceptions, and his completion percentage -- which was low on the stat sheet -- was low because of the style of system that he was in.
"Completion percentage is the most inaccurate number that you can look at as far as quality quarterback play, because it’s completely dependent on the system that you’re playing. If I want to go out there and complete 25 screen passes, I can go 25-of-29 and have a greatcompletion percentage. That’s not what Kizer was asked to do at Notre Dame with Brian Kelly, throwing the ball down the field.
"So let’s come back to the real estate analogy. If I don’t have a move-in ready house … we don’t want a renovation, but we can’t find it. So guess what? I’ve got to find a fixer-upper. Well as soon as I’m going into the fixer-upper market, I’ve got to look at potential.
"So you go into, ‘What’s the ceiling going to be? What is going to be, ultimately, what this kid can reach?’ And Kizer far outpaces Watson as far as ceiling and potential. So that’s why I have DeShone Kizer rated two spots ahead of a great leader, great talent, ultra-winner, competitive Deshaun Watson. I hope he succeeds, [but] I have questions about both guys.”