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May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) poses for a photo during the NFL Draft red carpet arrivals at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft grades: Cleveland Browns select Johnny Manziel

With the No. 22 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns drafted Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel.

The Browns traded up from the No. 26 spot to move up four spots to take the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner who continued to slide down the draft board.

The Browns took Justin Gilbert earlier in the first round and after passing on Manziel earlier in the draft get the most polarizing player in the draft and their face of the franchise.

After missing on Brandon Weeden and Brady Quinn in the bottom of the first round in the last decade, the Browns hope Manziel breaks the mold who were both taken in the same exact spot that Manziel was selected tonight.

You have to give the Browns front office credit for getting the quarterback they wanted and not taking him with their first overall selection and getting him at a better value and even less pressure than a player in the top five would have garnered.

From an off-the-field perspective this is an A+ pick because he will sell jerseys and the Dawg Pound will be rocking once again as the city of Cleveland has hope. With Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron as targets and Joe Thomas protecting his blindside and Alex Mack as one of the best centers in the league, the Browns have an electric player who can potentially get the Browns to the playoffs after a long wait.

Grade: A

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