Are you ready for Johnny Cleveland? A report from CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora—yes, the same one that linked the Browns to Auburn’s Gus Malzahn and Denver’s Adam Gase—was the second such published that linked the Cleveland Browns to Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
La Canfora writes that the 6-foot-1-inch Manziel’s style of play is “perfect” for a Gus Malzahn-run offense. This report echoes that of Sports Illustrated’s Peter King who, just before the New Year, linked the Browns—one of just four teams that were credentialed to scout the Chic-Fil-A Bowl—to Manziel as one of the many reasons Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner are no longer in Berea.
Just last week, ESPN.com’s Todd McShay referred to Manziel as the “face” of the 2014 NFL Draft. McShay also has the Browns selecting Manziel in the latest iteration of his mock draft. Sure, it’d be incredibly stupid of the Browns to tip their hand as to the direction they would like to go come May, but let’s be honest here—this team has one glaring need and it has nothing to do with who wears the headset come Week 1.
The Browns may not be able to land a big-name, headline-writing head coach, but they have the chance to do it in the upcoming draft.
Man, it’s almost like someone hinted toward this moment a few weeks ago.
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