Cleveland Browns players mature enough to handle Johnny Manziel drama?

Friday May 2nd, 2014

Johnny Manziel Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel's talent doesn't come without some potential baggage. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Browns brass has hinted that ideally, they wouldn't select a quarterback with the fourth pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. That may take them out of the running for Johnny Manziel, but if the former Texas A&M product slips and the Browns are in position to nab him a bit later, it's within the realm of possibility that Manziel could be of interest to Cleveland.

If Manziel is drafted by the organization, media hype is sure to follow, but linebacker Quentin Groves says the team is ready for the impending media circus.

"I think we’re a mature enough team to handle it,'' Groves said on the second day of minicamp. "We've had some individual success here and people have handled it well. Josh Gordon and (Alex) Mack going to the Pro Bowl, Joe Thomas going to the Pro Bowl. Joe Haden and Jordan Cameron making their first Pro Bowls, things like that. I think we can handle it.''

While not to take away from the impressive accomplishments mentioned by Groves, those are a mere drop in the bucket in comparison to the hype Manziel would bring aboard. The team may indeed be prepared to handle such, as Groves notes, but if he's expecting it to be on the same level as Pro Bowl selections, he might need to prepare himself for a bit of a shock.

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