Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said that recently drafted quarterback Johnny Manziel is "not the starter" of the team yet, but also said he believed four of the team's six picks had the chance to start for the team next season, according to Tom Withers of the Associated Press.
Haslam appeared on Monday as part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's luncheon series, and spoke at length about the state of his franchise and their high profile first round draft pick. The owner emphasized that the decision to draft Manziel was made by the team's new GM Ray Farmer, and also disputed a report that the team had originally intended to draft Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who was later drafted by the Minnesota Vikings.
The drug-related suspension of star wide receiver Josh Gordon was also addressed in the speech, with Haslam saying "he's 22 and he's learning and improving and growing as a person."
Haslam on Manziel: "He's not the starter." #Browns — Tom Withers (@twithersAP) May 12, 2014