Nobody knows what the Cleveland Browns will do in the 2014 NFL draft, but Jay Glazer seems to know what they won't do.
During a radio interview with J.T. The Brick, the Fox NFL insider said that the Browns don't plan on drafting Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel:
Glazer later clarified that the Browns will not draft Manziel at No. 4, not that they won't draft him altogether:
Browns won't be drafting Manziel at #4. I know it's been out there a ton that they will but no that's not how they have it— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) May 6, 2014
And Oakland doesn't take him at 5 either. Me? Personally? I looooove what he does out there. But I don't make a pick— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) May 7, 2014
Nevertheless, this would seemingly be a change of course for the team, if past media reports are to be believed.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport tweeted out on Monday how intriguing of a prospect Manziel is to the Browns front office:
#Browns have a hard decision at No. 4. Owner Jimmy Haslam has made no secret over the last year: He loves Johnny Manziel. Do the scouts?— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 5, 2014
ESPN's Chris Mortensen, via The Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot, also reported that Cleveland was targeting both Auburn offensive lineman Greg Robinson and Manziel with the fourth overall pick. If both players are off the board at that point, the Browns would likely trade down:
Cleveland is in a somewhat unique position this year in that it has two first-round draft picks. Those two picks give the team some flexibility in terms of the needs it will look to fill on Day 1. Trading down may allow the Browns to stockpile a few more picks while getting the player they wanted all along with their first pick.
It was widely believed that Manziel was the guy that they wanted.
For what it's worth, the Heisman Trophy winner didn't run for the hills when presented with a scenario in which Cleveland drafted him.
Would you want the Browns to select Johnny Manziel if he's available?
"If something happens, and it's the Cleveland Browns, I'm going to pour my heart out for the Dawg Pound and try to win a Super Bowl for Cleveland," Manziel said, per John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. "I don't care if they've had 20 starting quarterbacks since 1999. I'm going to be the 21st and the guy that brought them the Super Bowl."
Given their lack of depth at the position, the Browns will surely draft a QB with one of their first-rounders, assuming they still keep both. Now, though, Manziel doesn't appear to be the player they have in mind, which opens the door for Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr, Tom Savage or Jimmy Garoppolo.
No matter whom Cleveland selects, fans will no doubt be skeptical looking ahead to 2014. They've seen too many false dawns to expect that their fortunes will turn around in the space of one offseason.