Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett is projected as the first overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft. He also figures to have the best career of any player in the 2017 draft.
That was the conclusion of the listeners and readers who participated in the Talk of Fame Network poll. We asked our followers to pick the 2017 draft choice they believe will wind up having the best career, and Garrett won with 31 percent of the vote.
Alabama tight end O.J. Howard finished second with 25 percent of the vote, followed by safety Jamal Adams at 14 percent and halfback Leonard Fournette at 10 percent. Both Adams and Fournette played at LSU.
Western Kentucky offensive tackle Forrest Lamp, North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky, Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams and Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore all finished with single-digit support.
Garrett was a five-star recruit who became a five-star performer at Texas A&M. He set an SEC-freshman-record with 11 sacks in 2014, then added 11 ½ more as s sophomore and 8 ½ as a junior before deciding to skip his senior season to turn pro. Garrett was a two-time All-America from the same school that produced Denver’s Pro Bowl pass rusher Von Miller. But Garrett is bigger than Miller at 6-4, 272 pounds. He also runs in the 4.6s.
Talk of Fame Network hosts Rick Gosselin and Clark Judge both cast their votes for Garrett, while host Ron Borges selected Adams.
"Garrett's the best player in the draft -- period," Judge said. "Plus, anyone who gets under Warren Sapp's skin must be doing something right."
Adams became an SEC all-freshman selection in 2014, a second-team All-SEC choice in 2015 and first-team All-SEC pick in 2016 before deciding to skip his senior season to turn pro. He intercepted four passes as a sophomore and one as a junior and collected 209 career tackles at LSU. He goes 5-11, 214 pounds and runs in the 4.3s.
“I think there's safety in safeties,” Borges said. “Defensive linemen get hurt, get fat, get happy. Tight ends are prisoners of their system and their quarterback. But this has become the Age of the Safety, so I'm going with the position as much as the man. Give me Jamal Adams and we'll do fine.”