Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M (5)
Johnny Football will be making his way to Cleveland after the fourth pick of the NFL Draft and to a team that desperately needs his abilities. Manziel is a freak of nature at quarterback and this team desperately needs a signal caller who can make plays. Manziel can do that and can do it in big ways. Cleveland is going to hope they have finally found a signal caller who will last longer than two to three years. Cleveland adds more talent around him later in the draft as well.
The Browns have been searching for a franchise QB basically forever. They also need a star, a player that will give their team and fan base some hope: enter Johnny Football, the man, the myth, the legend. When know he can play, but will his game translate to the pro-level. To be honest no one really knows. But an offense that includes Manziel, Tate, Gordon, and Cameron sounds pretty good, at least on paper.
Brian Hoyer played well in his time before injury last season, but he isn’t the answer as the franchise quarterback of the Browns. With a lot of talent on defense (and a head coach who is a defensive genius) and some solid pieces on offense to work with, look for the Browns to take a quarterback with this pick. The Browns are reportedly smitten with Manziel, so this situation could play out perfectly for them.
I’m not buying the “Manziel is going to slide” bit quite yet. Of all the quarterbacks in this year’s crop, he still has the most potential playmaking ability. Given Cleveland’s prior interest, I still think it’s very likely he ends up as the future of the Browns franchise.
The Browns have cycled through mediocre QB’s throughout the last decade. They are expected to address that position in this draft whether it is with this pick, their 26th overall selection via Indianapolis, or later in the draft. Selecting Johnny Manziel here would send shockwaves throughout the city of Cleveland. He would fit in nicely in OC Kyle Shanahan’s offense.