He posted top-five marks among defensive linemen in front of all 32 teams in Indianapolis, including a 41-inch vertical jump and an impressive 4.64-second 40-yard dash, making an encore largely unnecessary. But he decided to run the 40 again anyway. Why?
"I wanted to do better," Garrett said.
The result: a slightly improved time of 4.62 seconds.
"I know I can still do better," said Garrett, who noted his personal best is 4.47 seconds.
Garrett said teams told him they want to see "relentless effort" from him.
"They said they didn't see it much last year, and that's understandable," said Garrett, who also performed a 10-foot, 6-inch broad jump (2 inches shorter than his combine mark) on Thursday. "But that's who I am, and that's where I made a name for myself at first. So I'm going to go back to my roots."
When asked what he thought he'd bring to a team as a pass-rusher, he said: "Wins."
Garrett is No. 1 on ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr.'s most recent big board. Thursday marked his final workout for NFL teams; he has no individual workouts remaining between now and draft day.
He recently had dinner with members of the Cleveland Browns staff, including coach Hue Jackson and head of football operations Sashi Brown. The Browns hold the No. 1 overall pick.
Garrett said he has meetings remaining with the San Francisco 49ers (No. 2 overall) and Chicago Bears (No. 3). Otherwise, the 6-foot-4, 272-pound defensive end will continue working out, prepping for his pro career.
"I have to be prepared for wherever I go," Garrett told ESPN.com. "If it's the Browns, I'm going up against one of the best tackles in the league [Joe Thomas] right away. No matter where I go, I'm going to be facing many other great tackles and great players. I have to be on my toes and keep my sword sharpened, ready to go."
Garrett, who compiled 32.5 sacks in three seasons at Texas A&M, said consistently throughout the draft process that he hopes to go No. 1 overall. He said dinner with the Browns went well and they were "satisfied with what they heard."
One criticism Garrett received in draft evaluations is the notion that he took plays off last season in order to preserve his health. Garrett told ESPN.com that some teams he has spoken with have raised the topic with him.
"But if you look at the tape when I was healthy, I got off the ball every single time," said Garrett, who played the final two-thirds of the 2016 season with a high ankle sprain. "When I started recovering and I was doing well, I was getting after the ball, doing the best that I can, limping down the field or moving, trying to be a difference-maker. If you see me work, I'm trying to get to the ball every single time."
Garrett said he still plans to watch the draft from his home in Arlington, Texas, with family and friends, rather than attend it in Philadelphia. Consistent with his unassuming off-the-field persona, Garrett anticipates a relatively subdued reaction if he goes No. 1.
"If my name is called first, I'll probably sit there, look at my two best friends and laugh," Garrett said. "[Then] smile at my parents, give them hugs and go about eating my crawfish."
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MYLES GARRETT AT TEXAS A&M PRO DAY 2017: PHOTOS, VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS AND REACTION
Texas A&M defensive lineman Myles Garrett, the potential first overall selection in the 2017 NFL draft, didn't shy away from the spotlight Thursday at the Aggies' pro day. He took part in the physical testing, including the 40-yard dash, and continued to look like a freak of nature.
Garrett, who bolstered his draft stock with impressive numbers at the NFL Scouting Combine, did nothing to hurt his cause in College Station on Thursday. The 21-year-old Texas native looked the part of a future game-changing defender at the next level.
Garrett later told reporters he ran a 4.56 in the 40-yard dash.
Garrett's physical prowess comes as no surprise, of course. It was on display every week as the driving force behind the A&M defense for the past three years. He racked up 141 total tackles, 31 sacks, seven forced fumbles and an interception across 34 games with the Aggies.
He didn't take part in any of the day's on-field work, which mostly focused on quarterback Trevor Knight and the wide receivers. But there wasn't much potential reward for going through a basic line workout at this stage of the process anyway.
Looking ahead, Garrett might not be a lock for the Cleveland Browns with the No. 1 pick on April 27, but it's trending in that direction. He's proven himself as a top-tier prospect, and no quarterbacks—Cleveland's biggest need—have been able to do the same.
The Browns will likely select the Texas A&M standout to open the draft then use their second pick of the opening round (No. 12 overall) on a QB. It's possible Mitchell Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, DeShone Kizer and Patrick Mahomes II could all still be available.
While Cleveland is a potential landing spot, Garrett also told reporters he has visits with the San Francisco 49ers and the Chicago Bears.
Myles Garrett compares himself to a very specific dinosaur
Now that Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett has pretty much cemented himself as the top overall pick in next month's NFL Draft, much of America is finding out what Aggies already know - the 6-foot-4, 272-pound defender is so much more than just a football player.
Garrett's interests are incredibly eclectic as he always seems to have his head buried in a book.
The NFL has released a short video to help fans get to know Garrett. He begins by sharing his thoughts about his football abilities.
"Game changer. Great player. You have to be aware of him at all times because he could turn the flow of momentum. I could strike once, twice or how many times is needed. I'm a playmaker."
Garrett's on-the-field prowess does not need much explanation. It is his off-the-field personality that fans are going to find even more endearing.
In the interview, Garrett shares his well-known love for dinosaurs, a passion he has had since Jurassic Park was released in theaters. He compares himself to a specific dinosaur and it's one we admit we've never heard of.
"If I could compare myself to one, it would probably be a Deinonychus because he's big, strong, fast. It will attack from all sides. It was just a hell of a creature."
Garrett also talks about his affinity for his hometown team, the Dallas Cowboys, as well as what it would mean to be the No. 1 overall pick.