CLEVELAND, Ohio -- ESPN's Chris Mortensen believes the Browns will take Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson at No. 4, and that if Robinson isn't there, they'll draft either Johnny Manziel or trade out of the pick.
Mortensen made his remarks on ESPN Monday, and clarified them for cleveland.com after it was widely erroneously reported that he expected Manziel to be the Browns' first option at No. 4.
Mortensen told cleveland.com that he believes the Browns will draft Robinson, the best offensive tackle in the draft, unless the Rams grab him at No. 2. He said he made his remarks in the context that the ideal scenario for the Rams would be to take Robinson at No. 2 and Manziel at No. 13 -- but that they might not be able to wait until No. 13 for Manziel.
He said he believes the Browns will opt for Manziel if Robinson is gone, or try to trade out of the pick. An NFL personnel man told cleveland.com that Robinson is drawing comparisons to Hall of Fame tackle Walter Jones.
The Rams have shown considerable interest in Johnny Football and some think they might even draft him at No. 2 despite the fact former No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford has a base salary of $14 million in 2014.
One league insider speculated that Rams might be talking up Manziel to get the Browns to bite on a trade up to No. 2.
Mortensen also said he doesn't believe Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack is a consideration for the Browns at No. 4.
-Mary Kay Cabot-