Jason La Canfora reports that sources have mentioned that the Cleveland Browns are willing to trade up in the 2014 draft for Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel.
- Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio mentions that if this true, it could scare away some potential candidates given that they wouldn’t have any say in who their quarterback will be.
Previous reports have mentioned that the Browns are interested in Manziel, so this appears to be a pretty popular idea, at least at this point in the draft process.
The St. Louis Rams have said publicly that they will listen to offers for their No. 2 overall pick that they got from the Robert Griffin III trade with Washington. Assuming the Texans draft a quarterback No. 1 overall, there could be a bidding war for the second best quarterback or possibly even South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney.
Cleveland needs to come away with a quarterback this offseason and all indications are that they will either use their No. 4 overall pick or move up to get one. It’s worth noting that is a possibly smoke screen and the Browns could be targeting either different quarterback or even a different position all together.
For what it’s worth, we have the Browns selecting Manziel at No. 4 overall in our recently updated 2014 NFL Mock Draft.