Johnny Manziel falls to the 22nd pick, gets drafted by the Cleveland Browns

Johnny Football: The Browns' savior or just another name on the jersey of failure?

5/9/14 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Johnny Manziel certainly expected to be drafted earlier than 22nd. Many people were saying that he could be the 1st overall selection, and it seemed as though top 5 was a lock.

He ended up falling all the way to #22, where the Browns traded up to get him. But it came after he was pretty frustrated for those first 21 picks.

Via Guyism:

Blog Photo - Johnny Manziel falls to the 22nd pick, gets drafted by the Cleveland Browns

When the Browns finally drafted him, they celebrated it on their Twitter account with this announcement:

Blog Photo - Johnny Manziel falls to the 22nd pick, gets drafted by the Cleveland Browns

22th? Perhaps they anticipated taking him with the 9th pick, and then just substituted the "22" in their without changing it from "22th" to "22nd" as it should be.

Most people graded this pick pretty well for the Browns (Example: Sports Illustrated gave then an A), which makes sense, since they got one of the better talents in the draft for a late/mid first rounder.

But will he be the savior that the franchise needs? Or will he just be the next name on a long list of failed Browns QBs?

Blog Photo - Johnny Manziel falls to the 22nd pick, gets drafted by the Cleveland Browns
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5/9/14   |   Scott   |   54841 respect

If the reports are true about Josh Gordon possibly being suspended for the season due to a second failed drug test, then things just got that much more difficult for Johnny Manziel during his rookie season.

That said, the AFC North has some of the toughest defenses in the league.  It will be interesting to see how Manziel deals with being hit and hit hard.  I am also interested to see if the Browns new OC Kyle Shanahan learned anything from his time with RGIII. 

5/9/14   |   Jess   |   35138 respect

I don't know what the o-line situation is in Cleveland, but I'm sure that will make a difference. I also don't watch much college football, so I have no idea how he plays but many compare him to Russell Wilson, so he's got that going for him. It always makes me laugh when people assume Heisman winners will be successful just because they've won a Heisman. It's not as if they've been the model of success in the NFL over the years. :/

Anyway...who knows. This is the interesting thing about the draft - all too often we see great prospects falter, and late draft picks and even UDFA's become stars. We just never know, and I'm not going to try to predict.