Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) celebrates defeating the Duke Blue Devils during the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Texas A&M won 52-48. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Johnny Manziel to go no later than fourth to Cleveland

Oakland Raiders fans have already had their Johnny Manziel dreams dashed as Vic Tafur reported that the Raiders will not consider a quarterback with their fifth pick in the first round of Thursday’s 2014 NFL Draft, but ESPN’s Chris Mortensen has now discovered that the divisive and infamous Texas A&M star will still go in the Top 5 even if teams like the Raiders and the top picking Houston Texans don’t seem to interested.

Mortensen reported that the Cleveland Browns plan on making sure they land Johnny Football should he be available at the four spot come Thursday’s draft:

It should maybe come as no surprise that the Browns want to target Manziel as the team has made some quality moves in free agency and has two first round draft picks, making them much more likely to take a shot on their highest rated quarterback earlier than the rest of the teams ahead of the Raiders in the draft. Still, the Browns may want to wait until later on as the possibility a top quarterback could fall to them later in the first round is still there. A risk that according to Mortensen the Browns will not take as they now are reportedly going to ensure that they get who they feel will be this draft class’ franchise QB.

Manziel potentially going fourth doesn’t change the Raiders plans at the draft much, but it could lead to a quality talent high on the Oakland draft board now falling to them at #5 with one team already committed to a quarterback. Should the Browns select Manziel at #4 the odds of the Raiders miraculously landing one of the desired trio of Clowney, Mack, and Watkins gets that much higher as the Browns will be passing on one of those three if available along with other Top 5 hopefuls such as Greg Robinson and Mike Evans.



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  • B Christopher

    GIVE ME CLOWNEY OR GIVE ME DEATH!!! a mean nasty SOB in the back field of opposing offenses. WELCOME TO THE BLACK HOLE. Please leave your teeth, skin, blood and any valuables on the playing field, they will be returned to you upon successful removal via stretcher ofyour listless body

  • KloverJane

    We don’t need any limp wristed men on the field, from this draft class. Raider Nation Rises again.

  • Rob Banks

    Poetry, man. Pure poetry! But just fyi: do you really want a player such as Clowney who has openly said he does not want to play in Oakland? Not me.

  • Bob

    Like I keep saying. Stay at five, pick an impact player, draft no QB this year, and build the D. How can my philosophy be any worse than what Reggis has done drafting the last two years?

  • Ryan Pierce

    Remember man. Jamarcus Russel was a physical freak and beloved by these so called “experts”. Mack, Watkins, or Evans. One of those studs will be a Raider. And Mike Evans is a monster make no mistake. He reminds me more of the Brandon Marshall/Vincent Jackson type. We are going to get a good pick no doubt. Im just thankful it wont be wasted on someone out there just trying to cash a.check luke Clowney. He has a perfect last name ill give him that.