The fact that Browns coach Mike Pettine said it would be hard for anyone in the draft class to beat out Brian Hoyer for the starting job at quarterback didn’t stop the Browns from ending a Thursday night spent hopping around the draft board with a trade up to secure the rights to Johnny Manziel. Pettine acknowledged Manziel’s “it” factor but said that the starting role hadn’t changed.
“Whether he was taken at four, or going at 22, it will be a competition and I meant that when I said it,” said Pettine, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I don’t think you can hand jobs to people when they come in. It’s a situation where despite what’s around him and what’s following him — and there will be that pressure to play him — we’re in the business of evaluating the best quarterback for the Cleveland Browns to win football games and that’s who’s going to play, whether that’s Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel.”