The NFL draft rumor mill is in full swing as we are days away from the start of the first round of the 2014 draft and the objection of affection of many teams is former Texas A&M quarterback and the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, Johnny Manziel, who won’t slip past the Cleveland Browns, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
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
Manziel has been rumored to be drafted by nearly half the league, but the Browns make perfect sense considering their glaring need at the quarterback position and their need to have a face of the franchise.
The star power that Manziel brings could be too much for the Browns ownership to pass on as they would be a target for more primetime games in the future and sell millions of Manziel jerseys and boost ticket sales.
Further, he’s the top-rated quarterback in the draft and considering the team recently signed quarterbacks Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen to compete with Brian Hoyer at the game’s most important position, it’s easy to picture the Browns sprinting to hand in their draft card with Manziel’s name on it with the fourth pick.
Assuming Jadeveon Clowney, Greg Robinson and Khalil Mack go in the first three picks, the Browns would have their franchise quarterback and would still have another first round pick at the bottom of the round to address other needs.