Originally Posted by Carbine
Garrett had over half his sacks and 25 percent of his tackles last year against UT San Antonio.
His freshman year he has 75 percent of his sacks against Lamar, Rice and Louisiana Monroe.
His second year he had almost 50 percent of his sacks against Arizona state and Nevada.
Correct me if I am wrong but all of Barnetts production came against SEC competition last year or in the bowl game.
His second year all of his production was in conference play or bowl games except one sack.
His freshman year all his production was against SEC.
I think people are being awfully selective in how they're choosing evaluate Garrett versus everyone else.
For instance, despite suffering an ankle injury the week before against Tennessee in 2016 that his coach said would have ended a lot of players' seasons -- especially when they're likely to be the No. 1 pick regardless -- he still played at Alabama the following week. No, he didn't record a sack, but he had 7 tackles and 3.5 TFL.
For the sake of comparison, that is more tackles than Barnett had in any SEC game in 2016 and more TFL than Barnett had in any game in 2015 or 2016.
No doubt, his sack numbers plummeted after getting injured, but he was still productive and maybe the fact that he chose to continue to play regardless of his seat atop the 2017 draft board tells us more about him than his production thereafter?
The idea that Garrett couldn't produce when faced with SEC talent over the course of his career, though, I think is unfair. Garrett had 7 tackles, 2 for loss, a forced fumble and an interception going against Laremy Tunsil in 2015 ... far and away the top tackle in the country at the time.
Arguing how these guys will do on the next level is a pointless endeavor.
We'll all see how he does together. If he fails to come close to his expectations, I'll freely admit it (I'm usually ultra-negative about the Browns in general) and it will suck.
But -- for now -- I'm happy with the pick.
Maybe they'll both be really good?