Myles Garrett may not have had the type of dominant production in college that some NFL Draft analysts were hoping for, the but No. 1 overall pick certainly doesn't doubt his ability to make an immediate impact at the next level. Garrett already has his sights set on a future Hall of Famer in the Browns' regular-season opener.
Garrett told ESPN he plans to "chop down" Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger, and the Steelers took note, with Roethlisberger and offensive lineman Marcus Gilbert responding to Garrett publicly. On Monday's episode of "Undisputed," Shannon Sharpe, Greg Jennings and Skip Bayless debated whether Garrett made a mistake by calling out Roethlisberger.
Ben Roethlisberger reacts to Myles Garrett's warning
The Steelers are overreacting
“Hell yes I’m surprised [by the Steelers’ reaction]. What was he supposed to say? What’s he supposed to say? Any D-lineman, any linebacker that has an opportunity to sack the quarterback, you’re probably going ‘Brady, Rodgers, Brees.’You want to tackle, take down the best
"… Come on. Is this what Ben needs to get motivated -- because, you know, he thought about retiring [and] leaving $21 million on the table. Is this what he needs to get him going in Year 14? If this is what you need, Ben, have at it.
"But this is a whole lot to do about absolutely nothing. And I can’t believe the man saying he would want to take Big Ben down got Big Ben’s dander raised.”
Ken BlazeKen Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Myles Garrett just made his first game a whole lot tougher
“So you’re saying it was smart for Myles Garrett to say ‘I want Roethlisberger and I want the Steelers’?
"… You can’t say it before you’ve played your first NFL down. It’s just craziness. It’s football suicide, to me. You’re just asking for it. You’re going to bring the wrath of the Steelers down on you. Trust me, all week long, all that Mike Tomlin will say to that offensive line is, ‘That guy called you out, and we are going to make sure that guy does not get to our quarterback.’ I don’t think he can back it up.
"… I’m starting to think this kid is more bark than bite because he barks a great game. He’s a really bright kid … but that is not going to help him one bit against the Pittsburgh Steelers the first time they play.”
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Garrett had a target on his back anyway
“Skip, he was the No. 1 pick in the draft. You know what comes [along with that]. No matter if he’s a D-lineman, if he’s an offensive lineman, he’s a quarterback or receiver … when you go that high, they already circle the date because they want to see whyyou went that high.”
"… When you’re the No. 1 draft pick, you come with a mark, a bounty already on your head. Because if you play D-line, the O-linemen want to see why you were the No. 1 pick. If you’re a wide receiver, those DB’s get extra geeked up, because they want to see why.”
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Big Ben was the only choice Garrett could have made
“I love it, there’s nothing wrong with it. If we go back to the question posed to him, ‘Which quarterback in the AFC North …’
"Who else is in the AFC North, number one? No disrespect to [Joe] Flacco, but when you look at that division, Big Ben is staring you down in the face. You’ve got to go for Big Ben.
"I think, as a rookie, you get posed so many different questions. The moment you get drafted, everyone’s asking you so many different things. You’re not going to back down. You’re not going to say, ‘You know what? I’m looking forward to playing every quarterback!’ ”
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Garrett did nothing wrong
"I don’t think there was anything wrong with what he said. He wants to sack Big Ben.
"If I’m a D-end and I’m in that division and I’m asked about which quarterback I’m eager to play against, it’s Ben."