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Report: 'Legitimate interest' between Rams, Manziel

Evaluating Johnny Manziel

All of a sudden, the second pick in the NFL Draft has become a hotter topic than the first selection.

Not many expect St. Louis to select a quarterback, but according to Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network, there is "legitimate interest" between the Rams and Texas A&M signal-caller Johnny Manziel.

"Take what you will with this, but this is out there," Jeremiah said via Bryan Fischer on NFL.com. "(NFL personnel) are saying there's legitimate interest between the Rams and Johnny Manziel. There's at least buzz in personnel circles saying do not rule out Johnny Manziel to St. Louis."

The Rams, who hold both the second and 13th overall picks, could go a number of directions -- considering they already possess a starting quarterback in Sam Bradford. St. Louis took the former Oklahoma standout first overall in 2010.

"I don't know if that's a scenario where he drops all the way to 13 or if they will have the guts to take him with the second overall pick," Jeremiah said. "I'm just telling you that's out there, and some people believe it's a real possibility."

Manziel completed 300 of 429 passes for 4,114 yards with 37 touchdowns and 13 interceptions last season.

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wdlraven April 22 2014 at 2:38 PM

I have to laugh at some of the comments about Manziel being under sized and will not be able to scramble and run in the NFL.....Does the name "Russell Wilson" ring a bell....DUH!!

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rmdegirolamo1 April 22 2014 at 2:06 PM

Does that mean that mean that the Bradford era is over with the Rams? In my humble opinion Manziels style of playing Q.B. will not translate well in the N.F.L. his running and scrambling with his slight build will get him killed,i dont care as long as the Browns pass on him

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navalphoto rmdegirolamo1 April 22 2014 at 2:42 PM

Yea, that running around **** is bad , look at Wilson all he did last year was beat Denver and their great MVP.

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dredselw April 22 2014 at 2:07 PM

He doesn't want to go to Jacksonville. They can't protect a QB and that's most of their problem. Other than not having any receivers who catch the ball when it's delivered. Dropped passes should not go against the QB.

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Brian Hope April 23 2014 at 12:12 AM

For years, I've been sick & tired of the Texans' Kubiak-era culture of timidity and "playing-not-to-lose". The Texans' top draft choice will show me and many others whether or not the franchise is interested in putting this sorry heritage behind it. Clowney? Just another "tweener" version of Mario Williams, the Texans' last top-draft-choice disappointment. Bridgewater & Bortles? QBs who flourished in second-rate conferences. Manziel? The only reason he is not ranked more positively are his two final losses against Missouri & LSU. What people forget is that he was playing those two games with a freakish thumb injury which kept him from being able to throw deep. Those two teams knew that, and were able to play "loose 9-in-the-box" defenses to prevent his usual productivity. Furthermore, one can only imagine what his record would have been had TAMU had an anywhere-decent defense. His skills and intelligence will enable him to develop into a finished model of a pro-football QB while the franchise rebuilds the rest of the team around him. The next decade's pro-football culture in Houston will be defined by whether the Texans franchise has the moral courage to select this gridiron Mozart. If it passes him by, a lot of football fans in Houston will do likewise regarding the Texans.

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Wes Etheridge Brian Hope April 23 2014 at 12:57 AM

Moral courage? Perhaps someone is placing just a little too much importance on football. No selection in the NFL draft requires moral courage. Fortitude, maybe. The mindset of a riverboat gambler probably. However, nothing in the draft requires anything close to moral courage. If you want that, turn to Martin Luther King and folks of that nature.

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Gary Brian Hope April 23 2014 at 1:22 AM

unfortunately for johnny football, theres no texas tech defenses in the nfl...........

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business April 22 2014 at 11:49 PM

Stay in the Republic of Texas!

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JOE April 22 2014 at 2:11 PM

Please someone take Manziel before the Browns pick...I don't think he is a good fit in Cleveland.

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mktgbusiness April 22 2014 at 2:22 PM

Please...it's just the Rams playing another game of getting someone to overpay for the spot. Since they are ahead of Oakland, Cleveland and other teams with a QB need, it's just a ploy to get someone to trade up out of fear. This way, the RGIII trade ultimately is worth even more picks.

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Nick Girolamo April 22 2014 at 2:57 PM

The Rams are sandbagging that 2nd pick in the draft. They are showing interest in Manziel so others will want to trade up to get that 2nd pick. Jeff Fisher is no fool. He wont waste the 2nd pick in this draft on an unknown, when the Rams need so much other help, an with all those picks last year and this year, Fisher needs to produce NOW. The intrest in Manziel is a rue and a smoke screen to have others trade up.

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Patrick April 22 2014 at 3:59 PM

With Bradford getting injured a lot, it wouldn't hurt to try and get Johnny in the first round as a nice change of pace if Bradford get hurts. With the Rams receivers being young and fast, Manziel scrambling could produce big plays. But I think he needs to be tutored to become better and sitting under Bradford couldn't hurt him any. Maybe he makes it, maybe he doesn't. He is a gamble but I liked what I saw in college but may not work in the NFL. I cant wait to watch him try.

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