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With the fourth pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select … a quarterback. Of that, everyone seems certain. But which one do they want and which ones will be available?
The Browns have the No. 4 pick, but two teams above them — the Houston Texans at No. 1 and the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 3 — also seem nearly as certain to take a quarterback. But that’s how it goes. One of the big reasons you end up picking high in the draft is that you need a quarterback.
The conventional wisdom will swing back and forth several times before it comes time for the pick-fest, now moved later, on May 8. The names bouncing around? Central Florida’s Blake Bortles, a supposed Ben Roethlisberger in waiting. Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, pegged as the next Robert Griffin III. Or Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, who’s a party waiting to happen on and off the field.
Manziel inspires disparate opinion, with his flashy play combined with an NFL-slight frame and the whole Johnny Football persona. One prominent NFL pundit has just weighed in, and he doesn’t see Manziel as fitting at the top of the first round — or in the first round at all.
Speaking on a Philadelphia radio station (via Pro Football Talk), ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski said: “Manziel may fall. I’m not crazy about him, to be honest with you. I’ve only looked at five games. I wouldn’t take him in the first three rounds. That’s my opinion. It’s incomplete right now. But he has not done a whole lot to me.”
With two full months to go before it’s time to make a pick, the Browns and their fans can add this to their list of evaluations.