CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns signed rookie defensive lineman Myles Garrett, the organization announced Friday.
The Browns selected Garrett with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft after a three-year standout career with the Texas A&M Aggies.
In 34 games over his three years with the Aggies, Garrett registered 141 total tackles, including 81 solo stops and 60 assists, with 31.0 quarterback sacks, seven forced fumbles, one recovery, five passes defended and one interception.
After having 11 and 11.5 sacks in each of his first two years at Texas A&M, Garrett registered 8.5 sacks during the 2016 season despite playing much of the year with a high ankle sprain.
In a career-low 10 games because of the high ankle sprain, Garrett saw significant dips in productivity as it relates to tackles (33), solo stops (18) and assists (15), as well as forced fumbles (two) from the previous season, but still registered 15 tackles for lost yardage.
At the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, the 6-foot-5, 261-pound Garrett shined in all of the drills, both on and off the field.
Among all defensive line prospects, Garrett placed sixth in the 40-yard dash (4.64 seconds), second in the bench press (33 repetitions), first in the vertical jump (41.0 inches) and third in the broad jump (128.0 inches).
Garrett’s selection signifies the beginning of the rebuilding process on the defensive side of the ball under new coordinator Gregg Williams, who took over for former coach Ray Horton in January after a 2016 season full of struggles.
Last season, the Browns ranked near the bottom of the NFL in several statistical categories, most notably points, yards and rushing yards allowed.
On the field for the fourth-most plays in the NFL, 1,067, the Browns allowed 392.4 yards and 22.8 first downs per game, and surrendered third-down conversions on 45.1 percent of their opponents’ attempts in 2016.
Also, the Browns’ 26 sacks tied for the second fewest in the NFL last season.
Garrett was the sixth draft pick the Browns have already signed to rookie contracts.
In addition to Garrett, the Browns have reached contract agreements with defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi (third round), defensive back Howard Wilson (fourth round) and offensive lineman Rod Johnson (fifth round), as well as kicker Zane Gonzalez and running back Matthew Dayes, both of whom were seventh-round selections.