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For most of the season, it seemed as though the Browns were keying in on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. New offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan even went as far as to tell 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland (via Cleveland.com) that he likes what he has seen from Manziel.
Shanahan said, “Who wouldn’t like him?”
Once again, that was before Farmer took over as general manager. Now there are differing reports starting to surface.
NFL.com writer Daniel Jeremiah told The Dan Patrick Show (via NFL.com) that the Browns are not interested in Manziel with the fourth overall pick. In fact, they are not interested in Manziel at all:
‘The one thing about the combine is, you get there, you’re around all your contacts, a lot of different NFL people,’ Jeremiah told ‘The Dan Patrick Show’ on Wednesday. ‘And it had been so out there that the Browns loved Manziel under the previous regime, and I talked to enough people that firmly believe that that was a total smokescreen.’
Said Jeremiah: ‘Their guy is (Fresno State quarterback) Derek Carr and they’re going to take a different player with the fourth pick and they want to take Derek Carr with their second one (at No. 26). ... I heard that from several different places.’
If the Browns really like Carr, it is risky to wait until the 26th pick to get him. It also sounds awfully similar to the 2012 draft when they selected Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden in the first round. That did not work out so well.
I’m not exactly sure which part of this report is false, but I have a sneaking suspicion at least some of it is. This is the time of year when general managers try to throw everyone off of their trail. That does not mean the Browns like Manziel, but it seems very far-fetched to believe they love Carr and would risk waiting until the 26th pick to select him.