John McClain of the Houston Chronicle and Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram recently spoke with the phenom known as Johnny Football in San Diego, where Manziel is preparing for NFL workouts and the upcoming NFL Draft that will start on May 8. Manziel, who has been linked with the Browns since last September, is projected by some to go to the Houston Texans at No. 1 overall in the draft. Manziel falling to fourth and to Cleveland wouldn't bother him in the slightest.
"If something happens, and it's the Cleveland Browns, I'm going to pour my heart out for the Dawg Pound and try to win a Super Bowl for Cleveland," Manziel said. "I don't care if they've had 20 starting quarterbacks since 1999. I'm going to be the 21st and the guy that brought them the Super Bowl."
Wait. There's more. According to Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland, Manziel also said the following that wasn't included in the previously mentioned stories: "(The Browns) have talent on their team, and they're guys who wanted to go out and fight and they're not content with just being in the NFL and making millions of dollars. They want to win. They're tired of the stereotype of Cleveland being losers. I can see that. You can see (them) play with a lot of heart."
There are character concerns about Manziel, who was known to party and party hard while in college. Manziel told McClain and Williams that he is moving on from those days. "I was a kid who made some goofball decisions," Manziel said. "That's been part of my journey. Maybe it's part of the whole Johnny Football deal that I'm trying to get away from. I'm trying to show people I've grown up, and I've learned from my experiences. I feel like you're a stupid person if you continue to make the same wrong decisions."
Manziel is clearly not lacking confidence with the NFL Scouting Combine looming ahead, telling McClain that teams who would pass on him in the draft would view that choice as "the worst decision they've ever made." There have been reports that new Houston head coach Bill O'Brien, a quarterback guru before becoming head coach at Penn State in January 2012, could be interested in acquiring a more traditional quarterback such as Cleveland's Brian Hoyer, New England Patriots backup Ryan Mallett, or UCF QB Blake Bortles.
Some scouts think the Texans will grab defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, listed at No. 1 on many NFL Draft big boards, with the first overall pick.
Even if the Texans do get either a quarterback other than Manziel or Clowney this coming spring, the Browns may still have to trade up in order to have a shot at Johnny Football. The Jacksonville Jaguars are in need of a quarterback, and they sit one spot ahead of Cleveland in the current draft order.
One thing we now know is that Manziel is doing his homework as it pertains to his learning about the teams that could take him in the 2014 NFL Draft. Manziel knows that the Browns have been straight awful since 2008. He knows they've never had a franchise quarterback since the team returned to the NFL in 1999. Manziel believes he's the man who would, not could, bring a winner to Cleveland.
Your move, Browns.
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