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Johnny Manziel and 5 Other Current NFL Players Who Can Fall Back On Baseball

Johnny Manziel and 5 Other Current NFL Players Who Can Fall Back On Baseball

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For some reason, Johnny Manziel was just selected in the 28th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres. But you know what? As bazaar as it is, an NFL guru catching the eye of an MLB club isn't completely uncommon. Here are five guys, along with Manziel, you can fall back on baseball.

6. Johnny Manziel

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6. Johnny Manziel

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Oh, yes! In a publicity stunt by the San Diego Padres, Johnny Manziel was selected in the 28th round of this year's MLB Draft. To be fair, the Heisman Trophy winner does have three years of high school baseball under his belt and a few ceremonial first pitches to his name.

5. Cedric Benson

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5. Cedric Benson

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Cedric Benson was taken in the 12th round of the 2001 draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers as a centerfielder. He signed with the Dodgers' Rookie League club and appeared in nine games before giving up baseball and shifting his focus to football.

4. Colin Kaepernick

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4. Colin Kaepernick

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Russell Wilson seems to steal the love when it comes to quarterbacks who are good at baseball, but don't forget Colin Kaepernick, who was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 43rd round of the 2009 MLB Draft. As a two-time, all-state pitcher in high school, baseball seemed to be Kaepernick's calling. But lo and behold, he's a Super Bowl champion instead.

3. Golden Tate

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3. Golden Tate

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Golden Tate has actually been drafted in the MLB twice: once in 2007 to the Arizona Diamondbacks, and again in 2010 to the San Francisco Giants. Tate's baseball career halted after his sophomore season at Notre Dame, as he turned his attention solely to the gridiron.

2. Jake Locker

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2. Jake Locker

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Jake Locker also has the honor of having been drafted on two separate occasions. The Los Angeles Angels took both shots on Locker, once in 2006 and again in 2009. An anonymous scout told Baseball America of Locker, "If he committed himself to baseball, he could be a Hall of Famer."

1. Russell Wilson

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1. Russell Wilson

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This man undoubtedly steals the show when it comes to NFL guys who could make it in baseball. The Colorado Rockies tried to pull in Wilson in the fourth round of the 2010 Draft. He played some Low-A ball with the Rockies before informing the team he'd be leaving to focus on football, but there's no denying the potential he had on the baseball field.