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      2014 NFL Draft: Where will Johnny Manziel go? Ranking his possible destinations April 17, 2014      7:04 PM EDTEric Galko    The Sporting News jff1_zps8e4122b8.jpgJohnny Manziel (AP Photo)It’s the question major draft fans and casual football followers alike are wondering. Where’s Johnny Football going to go on draft day? Don’t believe anyone who says with certainty where Manziel will end up. The belief is that while most teams wouldn’t mind getting their hands on his unique talents, more than a few also wouldn’t mind letting some other team be the one to see if the experiment works.Manziel is a polarizing prospect in the media, and perhaps in NFL war rooms. Whether it’s scout vs. scout, general manager vs. head coach or management vs. ownership, it’s likely a tight-rope discussion for a handful of teams in the quarterback market. With that said, here’s Optimum Scouting’s best attempt to handicap the interest and where he may land:The real longshots: Titans, Rams, Steelers, Cardinals These four teams aren’t in the mix for Manziel right now, but all will have draft day discussions if/when Manziel starts to slip. The Titans trust Jake Locker, but Ken Whisenhunt might value Manziel’s mobility. The Rams are committed to Sam Bradford…for now. That could change if Manziel is available. The Steelers and Cardinals need to find Big Ben’s and Carson Palmer’s heir apparent. Manziel could intrigue. 10. New England Patriots Manziel doesn’t fit the Patriots’ offense or type of character they generally want in the locker room. Still, they took a chance on Ryan Mallett and they’ve shown interest in the other top passers in this class. Don’t put it past Bill Belichick to lock-up another top-end quarterback talent and trade him to the highest bidder in a year or two if Manziel is still on the board. 9. Green Bay Packers Similar to the Patriots, the Packers don’t have any glaring needs to address in the draft and rumors are that Green Bay would like to get into the quarterback-stashing market. Manziel could fit well in this offense if ever asked to step in. Plus, he’ll be in an organization that can allow him to grow as a quarterback. 8. Oakland Raiders The Raiders this low may surprise a bit, but the fact that Oakland already traded for Matt Schaub and is in “win-now” mode basically takes them out of the early-round quarterback market. If he slips to the late-first round or early-second, they might have some interest in scooping up the talented playmaker. But more likely, they’ll pass and look for either receiver or linebacker help. 7. Dallas Cowboys Manziel in Big D? Sounds crazy, but if he starts slipping, Jerry Jones could be intrigued enough to pull the trigger. The Tony Romo cap numbers the next few years are astronomical and certainly a hindrance to this option, but that hasn’t stopped Jones before. Romo will be 35 in two years, just in time to pass the torch to a new, creative quarterback in Manziel. 6. Minnesota Vikings Minnesota has the personnel in place to be a great fit for Manziel’s growth. They have a strong running game, solid left tackle and a receiving threat in Cordarrelle Patterson who can take some of the pressure off of Manziel. But he doesn’t fit Norv Turner’s offense and probably isn’t worth the risk for GM Rick Spielman, who’s already firmly on the hot seat. 5. Houston Texans Despite being in the top-5 on this list, Manziel to Houston is still very unlikely. However, if Manziel does start to slip (and the Texans don’t take a quarterback first overall), ownership may want to keep Manziel in-state too much to pass on him twice. He doesn’t fit Bill O’Brien’s system, though, and O’Brien will have a lot of say on who’s on the team’s draft board. 4. Kansas City Chiefs This is where it gets interesting, especially if Manziel slips past the top ten picks. Alex Smith is in talks to get a new extension, but odds are it won’t be more than two or three years, with the third probably not being guaranteed at all. Andy Reid’s offense may be the best fit for Manziel, both in terms of letting him develop and having an offense that can best use his creativity. 3. Tampa Bay Bucs After filling their offensive and defensive line needs in free agency, the Bucs don’t have a major need outside of receiver, which they can address often in this deep receiver class later in the draft. That’s why quarterback is such an intriguing option for Tampa Bay. While Jeff Tedford’s connection to the Carr family may make him a better fit, the rumors of the Bucs’ interest persist, so it’s an option that shouldn’t be ruled out. 2. Jacksonville Jaguars As of now, the Jaguars are expected to either consider Teddy Bridgewater in the first or make a strong push for Jimmy Garoppolo in the second. However, they’ve worked out all of the top quarterbacks, and if Manziel made a strong impression during that private workout, he’ll be in the mix at No. 3 overall. Still, as of now, it would be a surprise if the Jaguars took Manziel. 1. Cleveland Browns This is the number one spot Manziel is expected to land, and it’s not even a certainty they covet him. New head coach Mike Pettine likely wants a quarterback who can make things happen on his own so he can focus on his defense. Owner Jim Haslam wouldn’t mind the appeal of having Manziel as the face of the franchise. But GM Ray Farmer and the scouting staff may not be sold on the high-risk, high-reward quarterback being a high pick in the regime’s first draft.Conclusion: The easy favorite is Cleveland. If they want him, they can take him at four (or trade up to second overall if they’re worried Jacksonville might take him) or hope he falls and snag him with their second first-rounder. And he can fit in Kyle Shanahan’s offense, which is a plus. But overall, you can’t be sure any team is sold on Manziel as an NFL starter, and every team views him as an on-field and off-field risk to some extent. He still could go within the first seven picks (as the three favorites to draft him are picking in), but a draft-day slide wouldn’t be surprising.Scouting analysis provided by Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting

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      If I had to handicap….I would say bunk mates with Tebow with the Calgary Stampedes in about 3 years.

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      I guess we’ll find out in about 20 days.

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      Browns will take Watkins, take a QB later on and let hometown boy Hoyer run the show this year.

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      Browns are definitely the bet for Manziel. Unless the Bucs trade up, Manziel and Bortles will be off the table at #7.

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      Agree he doesn’t make it to 7.

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      Browns will take Watkins, take a QB later on and let hometown boy Hoyer run the show this year.

      But is hoyer really that loved there to skip on a qb?

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      Browns will take Watkins, take a QB later on and let hometown boy Hoyer run the show this year.

      But is hoyer really that loved there to skip on a qb?

      This draft for a ton of reasons is going to be epic.  There are so many that have figured out how this is going to go down and all of them will be surprised on some level.  If the Browns dont go QB I will not only be surprised I believe there will be rioting in the streets in Cleveland.  You think they were pissed when Modell left for Baltimore, wait until they pass on Manziel if he's available.

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      Browns will take Watkins, take a QB later on and let hometown boy Hoyer run the show this year.

      But is hoyer really that loved there to skip on a qb?

      This draft for a ton of reasons is going to be epic.  There are so many that have figured out how this is going to go down and all of them will be surprised on some level.  If the Browns dont go QB I will not only be surprised I believe there will be rioting in the streets in Cleveland.  You think they were pissed when Modell left for Baltimore, wait until they pass on Manziel if he's available.

      It's Cleveland though, so I fully expect them to pass on manziel for watkins.

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      Browns will take Watkins, take a QB later on and let hometown boy Hoyer run the show this year.

      But is hoyer really that loved there to skip on a qb?

      This draft for a ton of reasons is going to be epic.  There are so many that have figured out how this is going to go down and all of them will be surprised on some level.  If the Browns dont go QB I will not only be surprised I believe there will be rioting in the streets in Cleveland.  You think they were pissed when Modell left for Baltimore, wait until they pass on Manziel if he's available.

      Actually a lot of Browns fans want Watkins and a QB later because they like Hoyer.

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      I wouldn’t say that the Bucs have filled their O-line and D-line needs… and there are other positions than WR that should be addressed before they even think about any of the QBs in this draft.

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      I wouldn't say that the Bucs have filled their O-line and D-line needs... and there are other positions than WR that should be addressed before they even think about any of the QBs in this draft.

      If we go QB in the first two rounds of this draft we will struggle to fill positions with quality elsewhere.  I dont follow other teams nearly as closely as I do Tampa but it does seem that we are embarrassingly thin at some positions and one draft will probably not change that a ton.  Our WR depth has to be the worst in the league so any QB that plays for us is at an extreme disadvantage.  Also, our OL has to be close to the bottom as well in terms of bodies that can actually play. This draft will help me understand the mentality of the new regime.  Whether or not we are thinking long term.

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    • Anonymous

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      Browns will take Watkins, take a QB later on and let hometown boy Hoyer run the show this year.

      But is hoyer really that loved there to skip on a qb?

      This draft for a ton of reasons is going to be epic.  There are so many that have figured out how this is going to go down and all of them will be surprised on some level.  If the Browns dont go QB I will not only be surprised I believe there will be rioting in the streets in Cleveland.  You think they were pissed when Modell left for Baltimore, wait until they pass on Manziel if he's available.

      Actually a lot of Browns fans want Watkins and a QB later because they like Hoyer.

      Yup. I suspect it's a lot like the glennonites here in tampa.At least with them, they can take that chance. They've been using picks like crazy to bring in a qb , so I think they could sell off hoyer to the fans as "safer" if they really wanted to.And again, if they bring in any player from the top ten, like us, they will improve.I say they use their second or possibly third pick on a qb.

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