Numerous mock drafts have the Browns selecting Manziel with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, but that's assuming that Manziel will even still be available by the time Cleveland is on the clock.
That's where things get interesting, because according to reports, the Browns are so high on bringing Manziel to the shores of Lake Erie that Cleveland would consider trading up in the draft to acquire him.
While I personally am on board with the Browns acquiring Manziel, trading up to draft him is not a good idea for Cleveland. These are three reasons why:
Trading Up Will Likely Be Costly
St. Louis' pick at number two was acquired from the Washington Redskins in a 2012 trade that allowed the Redskins to select Robert Griffin III. The Rams also received two other first-round picks from Washington in that deal, so the guess here is that the Rams will play hardball in any potential deal with Cleveland.
Houston needs a quarterback, to be sure, but Manziel might not be the right guy for the Texans. That being said, I wouldn't be surprised if Houston tried to gain a few extra picks from a team that has such a love affair with a player that the Texans may not even want.
Trading Up Could Wreck Cleveland's 2014 Draft
Much hype has been made about the potential for the Browns to be one of the big winners in the 2014 draft.
Of course, a lot of that has to do with the sheer number of draft picks that the Browns own. Cleveland will have 10 selections in the draft, with seven of the picks coming in the first four rounds. The first-round pick acquired from the Indianapolis Colts in the Trent Richardson deal just seemed like icing on the cake for what was already setting up to be a solid draft for the Browns.
Dealing a couple of those early round picks might be what it takes for the Browns to trade up. The problem is, those picks would be better utilized by adding depth to a roster that sorely needs it at this point.
Manizel Isn't The Only Fish In The Sea
Manziel is just one of a quartet of quarterbacks that could be selected in the top 10 come draft time.
Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, and Derek Carr are all players that could turn out to be winning quarterbacks in the NFL, and it's very possible that at least two of the four top quarterback prospects will still be available to the Browns if they stand pat with the fourth pick.
Being proactive to acquire the player you want is fine and all, but the Browns would be foolish to pay such a heavy price to trade up for Manziel when his counterparts at the quarterback position come with such impressive credentials.
Shaun Heidrick is a Yahoo Contributor who has followed the Cleveland Browns for over 25 years.
- American Football
- Sports & Recreation
- Cleveland Browns
- Johnny Manziel
- the Browns