Mar 20, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel sit court side during the second quarter of the game between Minnesota Timberwolves and the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports
"Round 1 (4) QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M"
The pick that many fans are hoping against comes to pass in Kiper’s draft. Kiper has Jadeveon Clowney going #1, with Sammy Watkins and Khalil Mack following at 2 and 3 leaving the Browns to pick from all 3 QBs as well as some offensive linemen. It is suprising that given that this draft is what Kiper would do that he gave the Browns a QB that he has ranked 3rd on his board instead of Teddy Bridgewater or Blake Bortles who he has 1 and 2. Here is a bit of his Manziel analysis:
"Here’s where I take the plunge at quarterback. For one, while Manziel is a boom-or-bust proposition, he’s exactly the type of QB who doesn’t give a, um, darn about the bad QB history in Cleveland. In fact, it will just push him. Secondly, I have a bunch of picks in this draft, and I know the entire draft isn’t defined by what I do at No. 4. Three, I actually think a guy like Brian Hoyer can start early and win football games. Lastly, my team is going to pass block pretty well, and I have some major weapons on Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron — the kind of guys who make a QB look good."
So basically he know that Manziel is boom or bust but likes his attitude and how it can help him get through the muck that is Cleveland’s QB history. He decides he is willing to take a risk because of the extra picks he has for the Browns in the draft. He thinks Hoyer, as this writer does, can start and play well and believes that Gordon and Cameron will help any QB. All good points. Whether they should lead to the drafting of Manziel is another one. Hold on to this one though because if they do pick Manziel in the draft he should grade them pretty high right? Now on to #26: