Feb 21, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel speaks to the media in a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft Rumors: Cleveland Browns didn't interview Johnny Manziel at NFL Scouting Combine


As the 2014 NFL Draft approaches, the speculation as to where former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel will end up is heating up rapidly. One of the teams that has been near the forefront of the speculation in recent months has been the Cleveland Browns, who could certainly use a signal caller.

While they could still grab the former Texas A&M gunslinger with their fourth overall pick, it’s interesting to note that new head coach Mike Pettine told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer that the team didn’t formally interview Manziel at the most recent NFL Scouting Combine.


This definitely further adds to the theory that the team may have their sights set on Fresno State’s Derek Carr. As of late, reports have come in from various sources around the league that the team’s supposed love affair with Manziel was a complete smokescreen.

Nonetheless, a team with one of the top picks in the Draft not choosing to interview one of the most hyped players in the bunch definitely says something.

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  • John Duquette

    GOOD!!!!!

  • Jarod Cook

    Good so at least all that talk about him was a smoke screen. He’s so over hyped and I think he’s going to have trouble adjusting to the NFL, if he ever does.

    • John Duquette

      Agreed and I am very pleased he can try to adjust with another team. I know not many facts here but I just got a gut feel

      • Jarod Cook

        Personal i hope he gets invited to the draft and has what happened to Geno Smith last year. Except he has to wait all the way to the 3rd round before his name is called. The only teams in the 1st rd I actual still think might take him are JAX and OAK.

  • Gary

    No big surprise. The Browns never said he is the quarterback they were looking for. It was sports writers and others who made the usual rumors which never turn out true.

  • James Workman

    Im not the first to come up with these theories, but I may have an answer here. I think the previous FO was high on Johnny Football and Farmer and the new brain trust is not. No smokescreen, just the fact that different people had different views and we changed “bosses” midway through the process. What would be the point of putting out a smokescreen for the first half of the process. For a smoke screen to work, it has to cause other teams to hopefully draft/trade in a manner that is favorable to the team using said smokescreen. I just dont see that being the case here. Often times the simplest explanation…