The second thing binding them together is they are not quarterbacks.
Jabrill Peppers was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 25th overall pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday night.
While 21 NFL Draft picks sat in a makeshift green room at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, wearing suits and ties and waiting impatiently for the phone to ring, top prospect Myles Garrett celebrated with friends and family in his hometown.
Garrett made Tarrant County and Texas A&M history, surpassing Arlington High's Luke Joeckel, an Aggie who went No. 2 overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013.
Selecting the 6-foot-4, 272-pound Garrett was smart and safe, something the Browns haven't always been on draft weekend.
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The guy they selected with the 25th pick they got from Houston - safety Jabrill Peppers from MI - fills a massive defensive deficiency, too, whether he's at safety, linebacker or returning kicks. But the hours upon hours of meetings, discussions, evaluations and everything else that led up to the 2017 NFL Draft was about the class as a whole - not just No. 1 pick Myles Garrett. "I think we did a great job of drafting to our identity and what we want to become here at the Cleveland Browns".
Garoppolo had been at the center of numerous trade rumors this offseason, and the Browns were repeatedly mentioned as a possible destination.
"We won't rest until we solidify the position", he said.
With Cleveland having started 26 quarterbacks since the team's return, from Tim Couch to Brady Quinn to Robert Griffin III to Cody Kessler, Browns fans seem energized by the debate between North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky and Clemson's Deshaun Watson, and the idea of a new quarterback arriving in town.
Garrett was quickly followed in the draft by the Chicago Bears trading up to choose quarterback Mitch Trubisky as the number two pick.
Garrett's selection went as planned, giving much of Arlington a second-favorite National Football League team.
The Browns went into Thursday with two first-round because of a previous trade.
Garrett's selection marks the fifth time in the past 11 years an SEC player went first overall.
Best known for his role in the New Orleans' pay-for-performance scandal, Williams can't wait to unleash Garrett, who said his new coach didn't get in his face on his first day in the building. "I'm just trying to have the best career I possibly can". His combination of size, speed, quickness and agility has brought comparisons to Julius Peppers, who has 143.5 sacks in 15 seasons.
Garrett and Peppers will be introduced at a press conference later today. "Frankly, he is just a competitive kid that loves football, wants to be the best, wants to be the best at it, maybe the best ever". Creative Arts Agency, which represents Peppers, responded with a statement saying Peppers was sick prior to the combine, had a history of cramping, was drinking a lot of water in preparation for working out with both linebackers and defensive backs and that he has "never failed a drug test in his life, nor tested positive before for any substance".
'"I really didn't have to convince anybody of anything", he said.