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Jeremiah: Browns' no-show at Manziel's pro day puzzling


Johnny Manziel's pro day was like a who's who of the NFL. General managers, head coaches, scouts and just about every reporter in the country managed to make it to College Station.

Naturally, the two teams that failed to show up raised a few eyebrows. Where were the Bears? More important, where the heck were the quarterback-needy Browns?

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah was one of many to see Cleveland's absence as another baffling decision by the franchise.

"I get it from one sense that you're going to bring him in for your own personal workout," Jeremiah said on "Path to the Draft." "This makes no sense to me. You have an extra opportunity to spend some time around Johnny Manziel, not just to watch him throw the football but to watch him interact with his teammates.

"You have a chance to visit with his support staff (too)," he said. "I just don't know why you wouldn't take every opportunity to get to know all these quarterbacks better. I thought it was a puzzling."

Getting a read on what general manager Ray Farmer and the club really thinks about Manziel has been difficult. First, we heard the team didn't interview him at the NFL Scouting Combine. Then we heard the team really liked him and would even trade up to get him.

We even heard head coach Mike Pettine say that he was open to drafting two quarterback this year.

This whole pre-draft process has basically been a steady stream of misinformation about Manziel coming from Browns staff members from top to bottom. Perhaps that's their goal.

"I don't know if they're trying to play a game trying to do it stealth by not going to the workouts," fellow analyst Charles Davis said. "Everybody knows they're in the market for a quarterback. Brian Hoyer back from injury, his rehab was accelerated, but remember they're not totally sold he's going to be their guy."

What in the world does Cleveland really think about Johnny Football? We might not find out until the draft rolls around May.

Follow Bryan Fischer on Twitter @BryanDFischer.



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