BY: John Mamola
With the NFL Draft just a couple days away, the amount of reports and anonymous sources leaking potential information about who teams will be choosing has hit a wall. Between who will be taken first overall to which team will select the most prolific personality in the draft in some time has become the talk surrounding water coolers around the country.
ESPN’s NFL insider Chris Mortensen reported on Monday that the Cleveland Browns would select Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with the fourth overall selection if Manziel was still available. Mortensen then appeared with WDAE’s “The Sports Page” on Tuesday and backtracked just slightly on his initial report.
“As far as Cleveland goes, Jimmy Haslem (Browns Owner) I can’t say that he loves Johnny Manziel,” said Mortensen. “He is a smart man and he knows that there is a chance of a pretty good failure rate for Johnny (Manziel) just because the fact he has to play. When you draft a quarterback you don’t draft him for sixteen game seasons, you have to be thinking twenty games. You have to wonder if Johnny (Manziel) can sustain that.”
The worry around the league is that Manziel’s health will eventually become an issue as the Heisman Trophy winner is smaller in stature and plays outside the pocket taking chances on defenses. This attribute is something that Mortensen believes is the single issue that teams are shying away from the A&M quarterback.
“I still believe Manziel’s heart is bigger than his brain,” said Mortensen.
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