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With Johnny Manziel likely done in Cleveland we check in on 2014 QB draft class

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The Browns took a big risk when they drafted Johnny Manziel in the first round in 2014. A look back at the 2014 QB draft class is revealing.

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Tuesday, the Browns made it pretty clear that Johnny Manziel's time in Cleveland is done. The team's first round pick in 2014, he was a high risk proposition. Since his drafting, he has been known to keep up his partying ways which rose red flags coming out of college. The latest incident was the police alerted to an altercation between Manziel and his girlfriend -- the second such incident.

The Browns responded with this statement Wednesday.

"We've been clear about expectations for our players on and off the field. Johnny's continual involvement in incidents that run counter to those expectations undermines the hard work of his teammates and the reputation of our organization. His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules. We will have no further comment at this time."

This statement basically seals the end of Manziel's time in Cleveland. The team is expected to release him after the start of the league year March 9th.

With that, we take a look back at the 2014 draft class to see how it's looking.

Round 1, pick 3: Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars

Starts: 30
Passing yards: 7336
Completion %: 58.7%
Touchdowns: 46
Interceptions: 35

After a rough rookie campaign, he came on strong in his second season with the Jaguars.

Round 1, pick 22: Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns

Starts: 8
Passing yards: 1675
Completion %: 56.9%
Touchdowns: 7
Interceptions: 7

He led the Browns to just two wins in eight starts. Those wins were over the hapless Titans and 49ers. Only once did he throw for multiple touchdowns in a game (2 vs Titans). Now with new head coach Hue Jackson, the Browns are ready to start fresh at quarterback. They will have the second overall pick in the 2016 draft to do it.

Round 1, pick 32: Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings

Starts: 28
Passing yards: 6150
Completion %: 64.8%
Touchdowns: 28
Interceptions: 21

They traded up to the 32 pick to get Bridgewater with Derek Carr still on the board. Bridgewater is a game manager mostly, running the offense with efficiency. He doesn't have a big arm and won't make many highlight reel throws. The Vikings are 17-11 with him as the starter. Bridgewater was named to the Pro Bowl as an alternate.

Round 2, pick 36: Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders

Starts: 32
Passing yards: 7257
Completion %: 59.5%
Touchdowns: 53
Interceptions: 25

A rocky rookie season gave way to a breakout second season. His 53 touchdown passes are second all time for quarterbacks over their first two seasons behind only Dan Marino (68). Carr is the only of the four quarterbacks to every single game his first two seasons. He was named to the Pro Bowl this season as an alternate.

These were the top quarterbacks in the 2014 draft class. All of them at one time were mentioned as a potential top ten pick. Here's how they stacked up in the pertinent categories for the 2015 season:

Passer rating

1. Derek Carr 91.1
2. Teddy Bridgewater 88.7
3. Blake Bortles 88.2
4. Johnny Manziel 79.4

Passing yards

1. Blake Bortles 4428
2. Derek Carr 3987
3. Teddy Bridgewater 3231
4. Johnny Manziel 1500

Completion %

1. Teddy Bridgewater 65.32
2. Derek Carr 61.08
3. Blake Bortles 58.58
4. Johnny Manziel 57.85


1. Blake Bortles 35
2. Derek Carr 32
3. Teddy Bridgewater 14
4. Johnny Manziel 7

Really, what it comes down to is the Browns could have picked either Bridgewater or Carr and would have found a franchise quarterback. Both players are the antithesis of Manziel in terms of character risk. At this point, that goes without saying. But most people were saying similar things prior to the draft.

Here is the rest of the 2014 QB draft class:

Round 2, pick 62: Jimmy Garoppolo, New England Patriots
No starts.

Round 4, pick 120: Logan Thomas, Arizona Cardinals
No starts

Round 4, pick 135: Tom Savage, Houston Texans
No starts

Round 5, pick 163: Aaron Murray, Kansas City Chiefs
No starts

Round 5, pick 164: AJ McCarron, Cincinnati Bengals
4 starts (all in 2015 for injured Andy Dalton), 854 passing yards, 66.4% completions, 6 TD, 2 INT

Round 6, pick 178: Zack Mettenberger, Tennessee Titans
10 starts (4 in 2015), 2347 passing yards, 60.3% completions, 12 TD, 14 INT

Round 6, pick 183: David Fales, Chicago Bears
No starts

Round 6, pick 194: Keith Wenning, Baltimore Ravens
No starts

Round 6, pick 213: Tajh Boyd, New York Jets