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Report: Hue Jackson prefers Myles Garrett over QB at No. 1

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If there is anything to reports that the Cleveland Browns are considering a quarterback over Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett with the No. 1 pick of the NFL draft, it's apparently not coming from the head coach.

The Browns' Hue Jackson, for one, is a Garrett man, per the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

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That would certainly put Jackson in alignment with conventional thinking about the draft's opening selection; the Browns are widely expected to add Garrett as a cornerstone pass-rushing talent despite a glaring need at the quarterback position.

"It's not even close between Garrett and Trubisky," an NFL executive told the Plain-Dealer.

The final decision will rest with GM Sashi Brown, per the report. While Garrett is the player penciled into the top slot in four of five NFL.com mock drafts, analyst Chad Reuter isn't so sure Brown will follow the Garrett path. Reuter projected the Browns to draft North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky No. 1 overall in his latest mock. The draft will be held April 27-29 in Philadelphia.

NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly suggested the Browns might be creating a pre-draft smokescreen about their QB interest in order to generate more trade value for the No. 1 pick. If the Browns keep the pick, anything other than Garrett at No. 1 would kick off the draft with a brow-raising surprise. And based on the report, it wouldn't be to Jackson's liking, either.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.

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