According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Cleveland Browns are “willing to trade up” to draft Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. Reports have been coming out of Cleveland ever since the season ended that they want Manziel, but it could very well be a smokescreen. One potential trade partner of the Browns really do want to move up for Manziel would be the St. Louis Rams, who hold the second overall pick.
Manziel put together a very solid Sophomore season with the Aggies, passing for 4,114 yards and 37 touchdowns. Those numbers are exceptional, but he did throw 13 interceptions as well. There are things to be worked on about his game, but he’s a playmaker and will make a very nice NFL quarterback with some good coaching.
The Browns currently hold two first-round draft picks, which gives them an excellent amount of firepower to make a trade up if they do end up wanting to do that. Manziel has been mocked to go anywhere from the first overall pick to falling out of the top ten, but it’s likely that he will go in the first four picks. Cleveland desperately needs to find a franchise quarterback to build around, and Manziel is appearing to be the guy that they are most interested in at this time.
There is speculation around the football world that these rumors have been coming out way too fast since the season ended. Could the Browns be trying to throw up a smokescreen as to who they really want to draft? This draft is stacked at the top with quality quarterbacks, so Cleveland will likely come away with their franchise quarterback with the fourth overall pick if they choose to stand pat.