Matt Miller of Bleacher Report does some amazing work. He breaks down information in weekly Scouting Notebooks that are must read for anyone. His interactions on Twitter are both honest and funny. He is stubborn about his evaluations, not wavering while other media outlets change their boards. He grades based on watching a ton of film and makes thought out decisions. All of that leads us up to his Final 7 Round Mock Draft and looking at how it impacts the Cleveland Browns:
The Pick: QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Johnny Football isn’t ranked inside my top 10 players, but his potential is too good to ignore when you’re a quarterback-starved team. And the Browns are definitely that.
The Browns have the ideal setup for Manziel, too, with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in place, a good offensive line, and some dynamic threats at receiver and tight end. This isn’t a finished offense, but Manziel thrives in chaos and could be the spark plug this team needs.
Miller has Jadeveon Clowney, Sammy Watkins and Teddy Bridgewater off the board ahead of the Browns pick. That leaves the Browns selecting either Manziel or Blake Bortles at QB, Khalil Mack the stud defender, either of the offensive tackles (Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews) or Mike Evans the second rated receiver by most. Miller takes Manziel for the Browns, a return to the earliest of Mock Drafts from this year for most.
Manziel is a dynamic player that has many question marks but also many positives listed on his board. He is competitive, can make all the throws, can run well and was highly productive in the best conference in college football. His question marks includes his ability to throw from the pocket, injury concerns given his size and his personality, off the field interests.
Manziel should fit well in the Kyle Shanahan system which has many rollouts and bootlegs involved to keep Manziel moving around. Shanahan also could incorporate some of his Read Option schemes with Manziel. Allowing Manziel to sit for a year, behind Brian Hoyer, makes this pick make the most sense. The Browns can develop him as a passer first and foremost for a season. What did Miller do after that bombshell pick to improve the Browns? Lets take a look: