Hue Jackson Comments on 2016 NFL Draft, Johnny Manziel and Josh Gordon

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2016

Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Head coach Hue Jackson is wasting no time putting his stamp on the Cleveland Browns. Jackson discussed a variety of topics Wednesday, including the team's draft plans and updates on quarterback Johnny Manziel and wide receiver Josh Gordon.  

Gordon remains suspended by the league for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. He applied for reinstatement back in January. Jackson said the league hasn't provided an update on Gordon's status for the 2016 season, per Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site.

Like Gordon, Manziel's standing in the organization is somewhat in flux after Dallas police began an investigation into domestic violence allegations against him. The Dallas Morning News' Naomi Martin reported on Feb. 19 that Manziel could "soon face criminal charges" as a result of the incident.

"That behavior will not be tolerated as we move forward," Jackson said Wednesday, per Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo. "Our organization is going to take a stand."

On Feb. 3, ESPN.com's Pat McManamon reported Manziel's time with the Browns "will come to an end in March." Though Jackson stopped short of confirming that report Wednesday, he did assert that the quarterback position will be a major offseason focus.

"We will come out of this draft with a quarterback," Jackson said, per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. "I can guarantee you that."

Cabot added that Cleveland may wait until after the first round to target its signal-caller of the future. Should the Browns use the No. 2 overall pick on another position, they might miss out on North Dakota State's Carson Wentz.

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller discussed the team's interest in Wentz back in January:

On Monday, Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reported the Browns were "leaning toward" drafting the North Dakota State product with the second overall selection, as they reportedly "like the maturity and like the size of Wentz." Cole did note the Browns wanted to see how Cal's Jared Goff and Memphis' Paxton Lynch fared in their workouts at the combine before firming up any draft plans.

The Browns have lacked a true franchise quarterback since re-entering the league in 1999, so fans may be skeptical Jackson can deliver in that regard. According to Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, Jackson will perform his due diligence, traveling to the pro days of the top quarterbacks in the 2016 draft, which didn't happen under former head coach Mike Pettine.

It will be important for Jackson to start his reign positively to build confidence in both the team and the fanbase. Finding the right quarterback in the draft will undoubtedly be a major part of making that happen.

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