2014 NFL Draft: Which First-Round Pick Would Cleveland Browns Use On Johnny Manziel?

By Jack Delaney

Despite the fact that the Houston Texans have the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the team facing the most pressure on its selections in the first round are the Cleveland Browns.

Unless you are a Browns fan, the list of its starting quarterbacks can be very hard to follow. Cleveland has had a difficult time finding a consistent starter for almost 20 years, and this draft is a make or break point for the organization. Since 2007, Derek Anderson, Brady Quinn, Colt McCoy, Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell have all had a shot at being the leaders for the Browns. What has followed with this constant quarterback rotation has been disappointing season after disappointing season in a very tough division.

In 2013, I thought the Browns may have found a solution with Hoyer. The former backup for Tom Brady was a little sporadic in his first start against the Minnesota Vikings with three touchdowns and three interceptions, but he showed flashes of greatness in his next game. The defense for the Cincinnati Bengals finished the 2013 season ranked fifth against the pass, and Hoyer was able to throw for 269 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions against the tenacious defense. After tearing his ACL in his third start, his promising season was quickly put to an end.

Now that the Browns have two picks in the first round after trading Trent Richardson for a first-round selection, the team has a difficult decision on its hands if it wants to draft Johnny Manziel. If the Browns use the fourth overall pick on Johnny Football, then the opportunity for drafting star wide receivers like Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans would not be available when the team has its next pick in the first round. If the Browns wait, however, Manziel could easily be scooped up by the Vikings or Tennessee Titans.

With reports that the Browns are working out Manziel this weekend, the organization can continue to plan if this young quarterback can become the franchise player that it has desperately needed for years.

If Manziel is the guy, then the Browns need to use their first pick on him. If the Browns like another player at a different position better than Manziel, then the team will need to risk missing out on Johnny Football with its first selection and hope that he is still available at the 26th pick.

Jack Delaney is a fantasy football writer for Rantsports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @jackbmore13, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.


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