Johnny Manziel could be savior or curse for Browns

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BEREA, Ohio — As he discussed the possibility of quarterback Johnny Manziel being picked by Cleveland in the upcoming draft, Browns linebacker Quentin Groves made a small sign of the cross.

A prayer that he’s coming? A plea that he stays away?


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Groves’ intentions with his gesture weren’t clear.

Like just about everything around Johnny Football, there’s no definite answer.

The most polarizing player to enter the NFL in a while, Manziel, is being closely linked to the Browns, who own the No. 4 overall pick in next week’s draft and have been seeking a franchise quarterback for more than a decade.

Cleveland’s inability to land a QB either in the draft or via free agency or blind luck may be the single biggest reason the Browns have only made the playoffs once since 1999 and seem to change coaches every year.

There are those who believe Manziel can save the Browns. Others feel the Texas A&M quarterback’s dazzling skills — and size — won’t translate to the pro game.

He’s dynamic.

He’s too small.

He’s a game-changer.

He’s self-absorbed.

He’s a hard worker.

He’s a head case.

He’s charismatic.

Everyone has an opinion on Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner who has been projected as being picked anywhere from the top 5 to the bottom of the first round.

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