Are the Browns looking to draft Cardale Jones next year?

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As I said a couple of weeks ago the Browns are between a Rock (Brian Hoyer leaving) and a hard space (Johnny Manziel) at QB. Manziel’s start against the Bengals made the first trip of the Titanic look like a nice cruise. While it gave the front office huge doubts about the QB, it was also an indictment of both the previous OC and QB coach.

It is not good news for Johnny when the season wrapup on listed undrafted rookie free agent Connor Shaw as the starter over the 1st round pick. Frankly, Shaw looked like he was much more NFL ready in his start against a better defense than Manziel did.

As I said many times, if the player is not willing to put in the work necessary to be successful, it doesn’t matter how good the QB coach is. I have no faith in Manziel learning the playbook of the new OC. He never bothered to learn Kyle Shanahan’s offense so what makes us believe that he will put in the time to learn the new one?

The schedule will be much harder next season because the Browns will face the AFC and NFC West divisions in addition to the six games against the AFC North.

Now there is talk about the Browns doing everything they can to trade the Bills pick (19) to a team that wants to trade up. The goal is to get a 2nd 1st round pick for the 2016 draft to take QB Cardale Jones of Ohio State. Frankly if Manziel starts the 2015 season for the Browns, they likely will not need a 2nd round 1 pick because they will be near or at the top of the 2016 draft. How does 3-13 sound to the Browns fan base?

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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  1. Bill Smith
    on Jan 17th, 2015
    @ 12:58 pm

    I believe that Jones will start for the Buckeyes in 2015. JT will be the backup and Miller if he stays will play the WR/RB spot that he will have to play in the NFL. Jones will be a top pick in the 2016 NFL draft. The Browns need a QB. Manziel is a disaster and Shaw does not have an NFL arm. Browns will likely start Manziel until he totally blows up or is hurt. Manziel can not win in the NFL. He will be gone by 2016.

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