Browns OC: Johnny Manziel Can Play In NFL


The Cleveland Browns have been all over the map when it comes to their evaluations of the drafts top quarterback prospects.

Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is probably the one coach on the staff with the most invested in the Browns choice in next weeks NFL Draft.

Shanahan told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Johnny Manziel is one heck of a player and he’s convinced the former Heisman winner “can play in the NFL.”

“It’s obvious how good of a player he is, how fun he is to watch,” Shanahan said Thursday on the final day of minicamp. “I think it does translate to the NFL. If you can make those plays in college, you can do it in the NFL. The one thing about the NFL, there’s a lot of tape out there. You’ve got to be able to do everything.

“Whatever you do very good, they’re going to eventually be able to shut that down and you’re going to have to do something else. He’s going to be able to make plays in this league. Eventually when they try to contain him, he’s going to have to do everything he didn’t always have to do in college.

Shanahan was asked if his dealings with RG3 have prepared him to deal with someone like Manziel.

“I don’t think there’s any perfect fit,” he said. “We’ve had success with slower, non-mobile quarterbacks and we’ve had success with guys who can move. We do similar things with all of them. The main thing is figuring out what they do best and trying to put them in the best situation to be successful.”