Report: Browns won’t draft Johnny Manziel with fourth pick

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It’s not draft time without some wildly conflicting reports about a team’s intentions.

On Monday, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel would not fall past the Browns with the fourth pick in the draft. Tuesday brought the exact opposite report from Jay Glazer of FOX Sports when he was asked about the Browns taking Manziel during an appearance on FOX Sports Radio. Glazer also shot down the notion that owner Jimmy Haslam is pushing to add Manziel to the roster.

“Let me just stop you right there, ok? ESPN has reported all night that the Cleveland Browns are taking Johnny Manziel, and I am here to tell you they are not,” Glazer said. “NFL Network — I know they had come out and said well Jimmy Haslam has told everybody in the room that he wants it to happen — that is not happening. In fact, it’s the other way. Jimmy Haslam has walked into the Brown’s draft room and said, ‘Hey guys, this is not what I do for a living, it’s what you do for a living. Whatever you do, I trust.’ There has not been some edict I guess. I have no idea where that came from, but that’s not happening.”

On Twitter, Glazer wrote that the Browns will not be taking Manziel with the fourth pick. They also have the 26th pick, of course, so there’s a chance that things could work out for a second chance at the Heisman Trophy winner.

85 responses to “Report: Browns won’t draft Johnny Manziel with fourth pick

  1. This report is spot on. I have no idea where ESPN was getting this crap that we were taking Manziel at 4. Ray Farmer doesn’t strike me as the type of guy who is keen on wasting draft picks.

  2. “Thank God the NFL delayed the draft. I could not have lived without two more weeks of this kind of ‘news’.”

    – No One Ever

  3. I really hope he is right, makes the 25th spot the Chargers hold that much more valuable (assuming the Browns want to take a QB at 26.)

  4. God, this is like a Ricky Williams birthday party, I can’t see through the smoke, and it ain’t cigarettes. Pass it around, only two days left.

  5. This is the exact reason why the NFL failed pushing the draft back. The fans are sick of speculations and conflicting reports. Lets just move it back NFL and stop tying to fix something that isnt broken.

  6. Really? Does it matter anymore? None of the football teams’ football ops personnel have walked over or called any sports or news contact and told them who’d they pick. There are no sources. I’m sure everyone in management values their hefty paychecks and would not want to jeopardize them by telling Glazer,ESPN,Fox,WMMS or whoever at thing about their plans. I’ll stop reading PFT until after the draft. Peace.

  7. These “Reports” are funny. I feel like I’m hiding around the corner from the living room, eves dropping on my daughters slumber party, and listening to them talk about boys. That’s what this reminds me of.

  8. If Watkins and Mack are gone, trade down a little and grab Evans, Now lets say you have Atlanta’s #6 & 2nd rounder or Tampa’s # 7 and second rounder You can then use the extra pick with the #26 to move back up and grab say Darqueze Dennard to book end with Haden and still have the #35 along with 2-3rds and 2-4ths.

  9. who cares what the laughing stock of the nfl does or doesn’t do????????????

  10. Glazer is almost always rght on these issues. I’ll never forget in 2007 that he mocked Ted Ginn Jr to the Dolphins at 9th overall and I thought there was no way in hell that happened. Lo and behold… And in the 08 draft, he said the Ravens had a deal to move back in place if Matt Ryan wasn’t available, and they in fact moved back. I believe him before the others

  11. I’ll be at the Vikings draft party just waiting to here them call his name! JOHNNY FOOTBALL! With 8th pick in the 2014 draft the Minnesota Vikings select QB Johnny Manziel Texas A&M.

  12. Im not going to Alabama – saban

    This is probably the most honest a nfl gm and coach will get. Days away from the draft. Does glazer really think he has a story?

  13. I’ll be at the Vikings draft party just waiting to here them call his name! JOHNNY FOOTBALL! With the 8th pick in the 2014 NFL draft the Minnesota Vikings select QB Johnny Manziel Texas A&M.

  14. This is like a Ricky Williams birthday party, you can’t see through all the smoke, and it ain’t cigarettes. Just pass it around, only two more days left.

  15. I can’t reveal my sources, but I can guarantee that the Browns will either take Johnny Manziel with the 4th pick or they won’t. You heard it here first.

  16. Johnny manziel knows his best shot is in Minnesota with norv turner and a star veteran player like Adrian Peterson behind him to help him along the way and with all sorts of weapons in Patterson, Jennings, Rudolph, Simpson and a great offensive line to protect him.

    SKOL!

  17. This is like the 7th story on PFT about who they’re drafting, give up! On a side note, Johnny Football at #4 is a bad pick.

  18. As a browns fan I like manzel but no way I draft him at 4. Take Watkins. Now I’d love to see manzel go to the raiders be controversial and turn that pirate ship around

  19. One thing this extended draft season seemed to give rise to is a more savvy NFL fan population. There have been two more weeks of speculation and smoke blowing and no one is falling for it anymore.

    LOL, I’ll bet the sports pundits and bloggers don’t even believe what they themselves are putting out there.

  20. No kidding it’s not what Jimmy Haslam does for a living. That would be swindling truckers….

  21. With the first pick of the 2014 NFL draft, the Houston Texans select Johnny Manziel. SKOL… The Browns held Peterson under a buck.

  22. No ‘source’ would tell anybody one way or the other who is going to be the pick.

    With that said….it either will or will not be Johnny Manziel.

    #bookit

  23. sdsmooth says:
    May 6, 2014 8:17 PM
    That means he’ll go to the Vikings where they’ll screw him up real good.
    _________________
    South Dakota isn’t even good enough to have a team.. so shut up I guess.

  24. With or without Manziel, its still the Browns. Shame on them for conflicting reports. Shame on you for thinking a QB can turn around that franchise.

  25. Come Thursday night, it will look like a pipe dream that Manziel would have been there at #26.

    He’s top five, man– get used to it.

  26. This is getting so boring. Why did the NFL have to drag out the draft?….Oh that’s right….money.

  27. a) Glazer is an idiot
    b) I refuse to believe that three teams either pass or fail to trade their pick to a team that wants Manziel. No way in hell he is falling past 2. Zero chance. Either HOU takes him or deals the pick, or STL does. Either way, there are too many crappy QB in the league for teams without one to let him slip

  28. “This is the exact reason why the NFL failed pushing the draft back. The fans are sick of speculations and conflicting reports. Lets just move it back NFL and stop tying to fix something that isnt broken.”

    Spot on…between putting only the 1st round on Thursday and breaking it into 3 days, and now pushing it back the NFL has ruined what used to be one of my favorite weekends of the year. Maybe Cuban was on to something….

  29. Nobody should consider Manziel in the first round, let alone at 4. These gimmick quarterbacks never work. Can he consistently throw from the pocket? If not you’d be a fool to take him in the 1st.

  30. LOL at everyone saying enough already, yet reading and posting on every single topic no matter how trivial here…Face it, if people were really sick of this, they wouldn’t be here.

  31. sumthin mus be wrong with jay’s medulla oblomgada, mama, mama says Johnny Foosball gonna come back ta school an play with me an the mud dogs, mamas always right, I love my momma an so should you. -Bobby Bouche

  32. Glazer said, “Let me just stop you right there, ok? ESPN has reported all night that the Cleveland Browns are taking Johnny Manziel, and I am here to tell you they are not,” Glazer said. “NFL Network — I know they had come out and said well Jimmy Haslam has told everybody in the room that he wants it to happen — that is not happening. In fact, it’s the other way. Jimmy Haslam has walked into the Brown’s draft room and said, ‘Hey guys, this is not what I do for a living, it’s what you do for a living. Whatever you do, I trust.’

    THAT means Haslam will let the football guys decide….NOT that they will not pick Johnny Football. Farmer and Pettine might LOVE Manziel…their campaign of mis-information has been expertly done….NO ONE really knows who they want and won’t until Thursday night. All of this is a waste of time.

  33. This is just Johnny enjoying his 15 minutes of fame. Three years from now everybody will lie about how they got it right.

    How they knew along that Johnny Runziel … He’ll be delivering pizzas in College Station.

  34. Translation in Brownspeak:
    “We will draft Manziel unless Tampa doesn’t trade up to the #2 spot.”

    Problem.. the the Bucs are going to trade up to #2 to get Manziel.

    Who exactly is the Browns starting QB?

    Problem is for all here… the Jags are going to take JFF at #3 unless…. 😉

    McNair is screwing up rulling out Manziel.

  35. I’ll take the Glaze ALL DAY LONG over Mort. Not even close. No sir.

  36. Teams picking from 2 to 6 all have same plan…IF Watkins or Mack are gone trade down or if cant trade then pick Evans…wow everyone has same plan how is it there with all the losers who pick 25 to 32 do they all want to trade up ?

  37. Given allt he experience that the brownies have earned by getting beaten by Flacco and Roethlesberger every year, they are going to draft a QB that is the size of a CB. They will draft Bortles.

    Call it the swagger bulk principle.

  38. Noone knows who the browns are drafting and it is driving NFL network and ESPN nuts. I LOVE IT. Farmer is a genious, Browns have been the talk for 2 months not sending scouts or gm to prodays, not talkingto qb’s at combine. This is one of the best chess matches of all time with the media.

  39. These mock drafts have given us Brotles, Bridgewater, Manzel, Watkins, yet we have not been linked with Mack. If someone out there can find a source that says Mack is going at 4, I can rest knowing the Browns will be taking someone at 4.

  40. Everybody can’t wait for the draft to be over so the ridiculous reports will end. The NFL moved it back for two week for this exact reason. The draft has definitely overshadowed the NBA and the Nhl playoffs. From them it’s a win for us its having to listen to this garbage more than we should. It will all end in a couple days when these so called “experts” are proven wrong like they are annually.

  41. This is the same team that drafted a QB with teeth longer than a 20 year old horse in Weeden. They take Johnny Football at #4, GUARANTEED!
    They’re too stupid not too!

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