The Cleveland Browns seemed like they could not make up their mind about polarizing Johnny Manziel in the days leading up to the NFL Draft. Eventually they made up their mind that they wanted him and traded up to grab him at the no. 22 pick.
It might have simply been how the first round unfolded that persuaded the Browns to make a move to get him. Or maybe it was the advice of a homeless man given to team owner Jimmy Haslam in Cleveland, if we are to believe a tidbit reported by Sal Paolantonio of ESPN (as passed along by Deadspin):
‘I can go out to dinner anywhere in Tennessee and nobody bothers me.’ That’s his home state. But he said, ‘Here in Cleveland, everywhere I go, people know me. And I was out to dinner recently. And a homeless person was out on the street, looked up at me and said, ‘Draft Manziel.’ Just like that.’ And that convinced him, that the Cleveland Browns’ fans wanted Manziel.
It seems more likely that the Browns simply reacted to the way that the first round developed and saw an opportunity to get a franchise quarterback. But hey, this is a nice story anyway, and hopefully the Cleveland faithful can find some rare joy in Johnny Football.