Everyone who watches Johnny Manziel play football sees something different. For some, he’s a game-changing quarterback with arm talent and overall skills unlike any we have seen in a very long time. For others, he’s a prima donna who will flame out or get injured before he realizes the massive hype being built up around him.
No matter where you stand on the issue, the Browns are obviously interested. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and Berea, Ohio is pumping it out faster than Manziel can rack up endorsement deals.
Recently, Bleacher Report NFL draft lead writer Matt Miller reported he was told ownership—Jimmy Haslam—and head coach Mike Pettine are sold on the polarizing QB prospect:
Similarly, in Cleveland, sources tell me it's ownership and head coach Mike Pettine who want Manziel, with position coaches and scouts preferring wide receiver Sammy Watkins.
Haslam has already shown he is capable of being a "handsy," Jerry Jones-type owner with how he handled the personnel department so far, so it wouldn't be crazy to think he'd nudge Ray Farmer in one way or the other on draft day.
The Browns also worked out Johnny Football in College Station on April 19, and are set to bring him to Cleveland for a subsequent visit, per ESPN's Adam Schefter:
The Browns have also worked out every passer with a working throwing arm, so just a visit alone isn't indicative of anything to be sure. He isn't a perfect prospect after all, and no one is claiming that's the case.
But Manziel is a better passer than some will admit, and he has the intangibles and determination needed to succeed and turn the Browns franchise around. Don't take my word for it, look at the stats. According to Sharon Katz of ESPN Stats & Info, Manziel improved his efficiency from 65- to 73-percent as a pocket passer in 2013.
And after displaying the arm strength to make all the NFL throws during his March 27 pro day, the reasons to not bring Johnny Football to Cleveland are beginning to disappear.