BEREA -- Cornerback Joe Haden knows exactly what he wants the Browns to do at the top of the NFL Draft.
And the first pick is the only one that interests him.
“I would be super excited if they took this guy Myles Garrett,” Haden said Tuesday on the second day of the offseason program. “After No. 1, I’m good. They can just do whatever they gotta do.”
Haden’s a big college football fan, so he knew about Garrett, the Texas A&M defensive end considered the best player in the draft by the vast majority of analysts. Then Haden watched film and became more impressed.
“I just feel like he’ll be an immediate impact player and I just feel like he’ll be a guy that we could have rushing the passer for years to come,” he said.
Garrett remains the favorite to be the Browns’ choice at No. 1 when the draft starts April 27, but there’s growing speculation they could take quarterback Mitchell Trubisky there or trade down. Haden’s opinion is strong, based on the importance of an elite pass rusher to the secondary.
“You know that timing in a quarterback’s head, that knowing that he’s about to get hit and being able to get there and get that pressure on him, it helps out the secondary big-time,” Haden said.
Defensive tackle Danny Shelton said Garrett’s impact would be felt across the defense.
“I think selfishly for me, it’d be awesome because it would give me a chance to make more plays when we have a dominant guy on the edge, too,” Shelton said. “Not saying that my guys aren’t dominant right now, but I think he would add to the dominant force that we want to be as a D-line alone.
“I think he’s a great pick. Any team that decides to get him would be fortunate to have him.”
THE NEW SHERIFF
Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has made an impression through two days of meetings.
“His energy’s crazy. He definitely brings a different attitude,” Haden said. “It’s a shock, but that’s what we need. We need somebody that’s going to switch it up, change it up, tell us something, cuss us out, scream at us, let us know that we’re sorry right now and we’ve got to be better.”
Haden met Williams after he was hired to replace Ray Horton, and Williams didn’t pull any punches.
“We talked for a while, just about my toughness and about the biggest thing he told me was, ‘If you didn’t play through your injury I would tell them to get you out of here,’” Haden said. “So he was in my face as soon as I met him.”
Shelton said he’s excited by the addition of Williams.
“Just his demeanor alone, you could tell he’s a serious guy,” he said. “It’s exciting to come to work and to know that he’s going to have a challenge for you every day. It’s going to be a lot of work this year.
“He’s an intense coach and you can tell that he wants to change the culture around here. I think he’s a perfect fit.”
A NEW MAN?
Haden had surgery after the season to repair two torn groin muscles. Despite the injuries, he played 13 games and was named a Pro Bowl alternate. He said he’s “good to go.”
Haden was a Pro Bowler in 2013 and ’14 but was limited by injuries to five games in 2015 and wasn’t himself last year when he couldn’t run full speed.
He remains steadfast he can return to top form.
“Of course, I think I can be the best corner in the game still,” he said. “This is my eighth season, I just turned 28, I’m ready to get after it. Without the injuries, without the stuff -- it’s been a lot, it’s been tough, trying to fight through it, but I feel like when I’m out there healthy, can’t nobody mess with me.”
With leading receiver Terrelle Pryor gone to Washington, coach Hue Jackson said he’s counting on Corey Coleman to become the go-to wideout and play much better than in his disappointing rookie season.
“I feel like I’ve been the guy,” Coleman said. “I just take it as a challenge, another step. It’s motivating me, I want to do good and not let this organization down.”
Coleman was drafted No. 15 last year but had only 33 catches for 413 yards and three touchdowns. He missed six games with a broken hand and never really got back on track.
“Awhile ago I said it was disappointing. But it was just like, I learned a lot,” he said. “I missed six games and that was the toughest.”
Left guard Joel Bitonio is running and lifting weights after Lisfanc surgery on his foot following an injury Oct. 9. He said he’s feeling good, but the rehabilitation process is slow and he’s unsure if he’ll be ready for the start of training camp in July. The goal is to be 100 percent by the season opener in September.
“Obviously we think we’re going to be ready for Week 1, but we don’t know exactly when we’re going to be back,” he said.
Bitonio signed a five-year, $47.5 million extension in March. His big purchase?
“We went to dinner one time, but that was about it,” he said.
He said he will take care of his mom and his family and plans to buy a house in the area.
“So that’ll be pretty cool,” he said. “I might get a suit, I need to travel a little bit better this year. Like a nice custom one. But nothing too crazy.”
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