Report: Browns not after Johnny Manziel in NFL draft, targeting Derek Carr late in 1st round

CLEVELAND - The Browns love for Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was all a smokescreen?

A report from NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah leads you to believe that is the case.

In fact, Jeremiah says the Browns aren't interested in either of the other "top" two quarterbacks in the draft, Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles.

Opinions on "Johnny Football" range wildly, from some projecting he deserves to be the first pick overall to others, like ESPN's Ron Jaworski who said he wouldn't take Manziel in the first three rounds of the draft, calling the former Aggies QB "a project."

Many analysts think Bridgewater polished but doesn't have a big arm, which the Browns probably want with a wide receiver like Josh Gordon sprinting downfield. 

And though Bortles has the kind of size many experts like in a quarterback, he's still raw. Perhaps the Browns don't want to wait for him to develop. 

Meanwhile, Derek Carr, who the Browns are said to covet, looked good at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, while then-assistant GM, now GM Ray Farmer scouted.

At the NFL combine Carr, whose brother David went #1 overall in the 2002 draft, performed well. He ran the 40 in 4.69 secs--tied with Bridgewater and just one-hundredth of a second behind Manziel--and showing he's got good ups, outdoing all but one QB, Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas, with 34.5 inches in the vertical jump.

So if the Browns don't take a QB with the #4 pick, who might they take?

There's an outside chance Jadeveon Clowney falls to four. Maybe they take University of Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack--he's proven he can be dominant in cold weather. They could grab Clemson WR Sammy Watkins, potentially making Carr's chances of success exponentially easily.

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