The Browns have denied a report that, after trading up to pick No. 22, they were prepared to take quarterback Teddy Bridgewater -- and even had his name on the draft card -- before changing that pick to Johnny Manziel with 10 seconds left on the clock because of owner Jimmy Haslam. “That is not true,” said Zak Gilbert, Zak Gilbert told ESPNCleveland.com's Tony Grossi, who wrote about the story. “I was in the draft room. That didn't happen.” First-year coach Mike Pettine echoed those sentiments Monday while at a charity golf event. Of course, shortly after Manziel was drafted, we heard the story that Haslam said a homeless person convinced him to take Johnny Football. "Here in Cleveland, everywhere I go people know me," ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reported Haslam said. "And I was out to dinner recently and a homeless person was out on the street, looked up at me and said 'Draft Manziel.'" Back on Earth, it's not a surprise that the Browns may have had interest in Bridgewater. Leading up to the draft, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported that the team, under the previous regime, had commissioned, at a cost of more than $100,000, to identify the traits successful NFL quarterbacks share. And the conclusion was that Bridgewater best fit that profile.
Browns deny report Bridgewater was pick before changing to Manziel
CBS Sports | May 12