Johnny Manziel slipped a lot further in last night’s draft than he probably expected, but my prediction that he would not slip out of the first round ended up coming true. I just thought there would be at least one team that would fall in love with him.
That team ended up being the Cleveland Browns who picked him with the 22nd pick in the first round, and that was quite a wise move especially for how little they had to give up.
News broke shortly after Manziel got drafted that the Browns had sold an additional 1,500 season tickets, and that just shows one of the many benefits of Johnny Football.
I would expect Manziel to win the starting role in training camp, and he could be gearing up for a rookie of the year campaign if he is able to stay healthy and put up consistent numbers. The Browns will still probably not make the playoffs next season, but they appear to have found their quarterback for the next four to five years.
Their owner was apparently getting advice from all comers over the last fews weeks, and I found one of his pieces of advice to come from a humorous source.
“Here in Cleveland, everywhere I go, people know me,” owner Jimmy Haslam told Sal Paolantonio. “I was out to dinner recently. A homeless person was out on the street. He looked up at me and said, ‘Draft Manziel.’”
Well, there you have it. Haslam pretty much had to draft Manziel if someone on the fringes of society told him to, although you have to give the Browns credit for not picking him with their first pick in the round. That would have been a panic move, and they ended up getting more assets out of it by trading. For all of their excellent decision making yesterday, the Browns will end up moving a LOT of paper.