Report: Browns will take Manziel at No. 4 if he's available
MAY 05, 2014 4:13p ET
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Monday that the Browns will not let the former Texas A&M quarterback slip past them at the No. 4 overall slot in Thursday's first round of the NFL draft. The three teams ahead of the Browns -- Houston, St. Louis and Jacksonville -- will dictate that.
Manziel visited with all three teams in front of the Browns in the lead-up to the draft. If not with the No. 1 overall pick, Houston is expected to take a quarterback with its selection at the top of the second round.
St. Louis' quarterback situation remains up in the air due to uncertainty surrounding Sam Bradford. However, Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported that the Rams are still committed to their former No. 1 overall pick.
Jacksonville is a wild card. Jaguars general manager David Caldwell called Manziel the most pro-ready quarterback at a press conference Friday. While most prognosticators have Jacksonville selecting a receiver or pass rusher, there's no doubt that Manziel would infuse a surge of attention into that franchise.
Are the Browns serious about taking Manziel near the top or are they just blowing smoke and interested in waiting for a quarterback later in the draft? The drama builds...