Myles Garrett has been incredible this season. That might even be an understatement. The Cleveland Browns' superstar has the second-most sacks in the NFL (6.0), is tied for the second-most QB hits (10), and his 15 pressures have him tied for the league's fourth-best mark. This incredible start currently has him tied for the second-best odds (+600) to win the Defensive Player of the Year.
But it has also earned him some incredible praise from NFL analyst Brian Baldinger. Take a look at who Baldinger compared him to while breaking down a key part of Garrett's game on Twitter.
That's right. Baldinger compared Garrett to Bruce Smith – the NFL's all-time sack leader. The comparison isn't exactly unfounded, either. At least not statistically.
Garrett has amassed a respectable 36.5 sacks over the first four years of his career thus far. That's a great number, but it's certainly not historic by any means. However, that number would be a lot higher were it not for injuries and a lengthy suspension.
In fact, among all players with at least 16 games played in the NFL, Garrett's 0.87 sacks per game is the single-best mark in NFL history, per Statmuse. He's ahead of Reggie White (0.85), J.J. Watt (0.84) and Mark Gastineau (0.83), with other NFL legends like Lawrence Taylor (0.79) and Smith (0.72) being much further down the list.
If Garrett can maintain this level of dominance (admittedly an extremely difficult task), he absolutely has a chance to top Smith's record of 200 career sacks.
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