The Browns traded back - swapping with the Green Bay Packers - into the first round and selected former Miami Hurricane David Njoku with the 29th pick of the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night.
The Browns' pick of Peppers as their second pick in the first round raised some eyebrows, since he was thought of as a lower pick.
The NFL draft resumes tonight.
Garrett, a freakish athlete who has been accused of sometimes taking plays off, could help change that.
This class is loaded with defensive players, particularly in the secondary.
Garrett has some physical similarities to Clowney, the SC all star who has been dogged by injuries with the Houston Texans.
Browand was just one of thousands of Browns fans elated by the pick after weeks of speculation that Cleveland might use its first pick on a quarterback, specifically Mitchell Trubisky.
Garrett, a unanimous All-American who recorded 31 sacks in three years, is just the fourth defensive player since 2000 to be selected with the top overall pick.
One hour before the draft began, Garrett said he hadn't heard from the Browns. Instead, they traded the pick to Houston for the No. 25 pick and used it to grab Michigan's all-purpose defensive dynamo Jabrill Peppers, who fills hole at safety and on returns.
"It adds more fuel to the fire; it's burning hot right now", Garrett said.
"It does not matter what they say". I was hoping for the best outcome.
"I knew there were teams inquiring about going up", he said. "I'm so happy to be a Chicago Bear". He'll line up both on the the offensive line and will split out wide as a receiver in head coach Hue Jackson's offense. He's definitely smart. He knows the game very well. Peppers intercepted one pass and defended 10 others in 12 games for the Wolverines during the 2016 season.
"They picked me because they think they see something in me". "That's the mindset that we have to have". That level of play is what we should expect out of him. "I'm just prepared for that". We want to perpetually be getting better. Sapp blasted him, saying in an interview: "I watch the tape and he disappears".
"They're going to get more than 200 percent effort out of me", Peppers said on a conference call.
"But he's coming into a great room, he has an opportunity to learn from Alex, which will be a great for him".
"You're trying to anticipate what's going to happen", Texans GM Rick Smith said. They throw the ball to those guys a lot. "I don't have any reason to think that he would do me wrong".
"He's an old soul", said Sashi Brown, the team's vice-president of football operations.