The Cleveland Browns have been tied to Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel throughout draft season. Those ties might be ready to officially be cut. Just days before the 2014 NFL Draft kicks off, FOX Sports‘ Jay Glazer is reporting that the Browns will not taking the quarterback.
Glazers specifically says that the Browns won’t take Manziel at fourth overall, leaving open the possibility that they could still take him with their second first round pick or early in round two.
Cleveland has two first round draft picks in this year’s draft (4 and 26), but will apparently set their sights on other positions or at least other signal callers for the NFL Draft.
It’s odd timing for the information to come out, as their sudden public disinterest in Manziel only hurts them in trade talks with other teams. However, if the Browns have no interest in trading down from the fourth overall pick, it may not matter in the long run.
The Browns are tentatively expected to take the best player available on their board on May 8th, which could possibly be Clemson star wide receiver, Sammy Watkins. If Cleveland lands Watkins, they would then likely look at another quarterback with their 26th overall selection in round one.
Update: Glazer has also ruled out the Oakland Raiders at the 5th overall spot as a landing spot for Johnny Football.