With Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel expected to declare for the 2014 NFL Draft, the first thing everyone wants to know is how high can he go? An expected first round draft pick, Manziel could slip into the low 20s, but if a team falls in love with him, he could just as easily be a top-10 pick.
It seems someone may have already been smitten.
Per Peter King of MMQB.com, the Cleveland Browns are intent on drafting a quarterback early in this year’s draft, and that mission may have collided with the idea of keeping on their coaching staff. Add in GM Michael Lombardi‘s apparent infatuation with Manziel, and it could have been a match that wasn’t going to work.
In other words, it’s possible that the Cleveland brass decided to choose their franchise quarterback over the coaches they had running the show. Then again, going 4-12 didn’t help matters.
Regardless, Lombardi “really likes” Manziel, and with the Browns sitting on the fourth pick, it’s beginning to look like Johnny Football won’t fall out of the top-five. In fact, if Lombardi is sold on Manziel, he may have to even trade up to ensure he gets his guy.
After all, there are several other teams that will have the desire to improve under center via this year’s draft, and the Browns won’t be the only team willing to deal to make that happen. In fact, with the Rams already opening up the bidding war on their #2 overall pick, it’s fair to assume anyone could trade up to the number two spot and mess with Cleveland’s plans.