When Myles Garrett hears his name called during the 2017 NFL draft, the Texas A&M standout will be celebrating the moment at home with his family.
Per Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle, Garrett said he does not plan to attend the draft ceremony, which takes place in Philadelphia starting April 27.
There is always the potential for embarrassment when a player takes part in the event if he doesn't get selected where he's projected.
For instance, quarterback Geno Smith thought he was going to be a first-round pick when he attended the draft in 2013 but wound up slipping out of the top 32. The New York Jets picked him 39th overall on the second day, and he fired his agent four days later.
It doesn't seem likely that will happen to Garrett, though. It'd be a surprise if he falls out of the top three picks.
Bleacher Report draft expert Matt Miller has Garrett ranked as the top overall player in this year's class and projected him to go No. 1 overall to the Cleveland Browns in his mock draft published after the Super Bowl.
Regardless of where Garrett will be observing the draft, his NFL future appears bright. His career as a professional will begin in two months, so he might as well enjoy time with his family while he has it available.
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Myles Garrett pleads with Cowboys to trade up to draft him
Indeed, one of the 2017 NFL Draft's top prospects is already proposing a trade. The star defensive end from Texas A&M, a Texas native, would like to play in his home state for America's team, and he has a suggestion for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones:
"I'm speaking to you, Jerry," Garrett said in a video clip posted Friday by ESPN. "Mr. (coach Jason) Garrett, make it happen. Dak Prescott leads our team right now. I need you to take Tony Romo, take a couple picks, and give them to Cleveland so you can pick me up. Please, I'd love to play in Dallas, just make it happen."
After Romo, the Cowboys' veteran quarterback, was injured in the preseason, Prescott took over the starting role as a rookie and led the Cowboys to the postseason. He was voted Offensive Rookie of the Year. With the quarterback position in good shape with Prescott, the Cowboys' needs are elsewhere, and defensive end is among them. The Cowboys hold the No. 28 pick of the draft, and even if Romo were part of the discussion, a leap from near the end of the first round to the Browns' spot at No. 1 overall would surely come with an enormous price tag.
Garrett spoke with a smile, so the suggestion seemed more wishful thinking than anything too serious.
Garrett is considered a strong possibility for the Browns with the No. 1 pick (Cleveland also holds the No. 12 overall pick but Garrett is expected to be long gone by then), and was projected No. 1 to the Browns in NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah's latest mock draft. It was reported in December that the Browns had an "astronomical grade" on Garrett, who has said he prefers not to play in a cold-weather city.
Myles Garrett wants Cowboys to pull off a wild draft day trade involving Tony Romo
After spending three years at Texas A&M, Myles Garrett is hoping that he'll be able to stay in the Lone Star State when his NFL career begins next season.
During an interview with ESPN on Friday, the projected No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft pleaded with the Cowboys to select him with the top pick when the draft kicks off on April 27.
Now, you might be wondering, "How could the Cowboys possibly take Garrett with the top pick since they don't have it?"
Don't worry, Garrett thought of that. In a video message to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett, the Texas A&M defensive end explained how Dallas can make this all happen: Trade Tony Romo to Cleveland.
"I'm speaking to you Jerry. Mr. Garrett, make it happen," the 21-year-old said in the video. "I need you to take Tony Romo, take a couple picks and give them to Cleveland so you can pick me up. Please, I'd love to play in Dallas, just make it happen."
Garrett has been dropping subtle hints over the past month that he doesn't really want to end up in Cleveland. In the days leading up to A&M's appearance in the AdvoCare Texas Bowl, Garrett said he'd be willing to play anywhere next season as long as temperatures are warm.
"It doesn't matter, but I'd like to not go anywhere cold," Garrett said at the end of December.
Now, the hints aren't so subtle. Most of the time, a player at the top of the draft will say he's willing to play anywhere in the NFL; however, Garrett apparently didn't get that memo because he clearly wants to play for the Cowboys.
The Browns shouldn't necessarily take offense to Garrett's comments though, because it's not completely shocking that he wants to play for the Cowboys. After all, he did grow up in Arlington, Texas.
Unfortunately for Garrett. the odds of the Cowboys moving up from the 28th pick to No. 1 are about zero percent. Even if Cleveland wanted Romo, there's no way they'd give up the top pick in the draft for an injury-riddled 36-year-old quarterback.
If Garrett doesn't want to play in cold weather next year, he should hope he falls to fourth overall and lands in Jacksonville. San Francisco would also be warmer than Cleveland, and the 49ers have the second overall pick.
Although we don't know who will pick Garrett, we do know one thing about draft day: Garrett doesn't plan to be on hand when he's selected. The defensive end has already announced that he doesn't plan to attend April's draft, which will be held in Philadelphia.