Report: Browns expected to take Johnny Manziel if he’s available at 4
With the NFL draft three days away, we can expect numerous reports of where players might end up, as well as general managers putting up smoke screens to conceal who they might really be targeting.
The Cleveland Browns, who are in need of a franchise quarterback, have been linked to former Texas A&M signal-caller Johnny Manziel, and ESPN’s Chris Mortensen emphatically believes the Browns will take Manziel without a doubt:
THIS JUST IN: Chris Mortensen reports he expects Browns to draft QB Johnny Manziel at No. 4 if he’s still there. pic.twitter.com/iQNNfNDg2H
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) May 5, 2014
It makes sense for Cleveland and owner Jimmy Haslam to roll the dice on a guy like Manziel, who will give them a spark and increase quarterback competition this summer. The Browns need to make a splash, and this is the way to do it. The only position they’re now lacking on offense is quarterback, and Manziel had the best pro day as well as the highest wonderlic score of all quarterback prospects.
I personally think Cleveland is definitely going to take a quarterback, and they have two first-round picks (4 and 26). They could opt to select a player that fills an immediate need at 4, then go quarterback at 26, or vice versa. It all depends on the guy they want, and if that guy is Manziel, he certainly will not make it past the Browns on draft day.