May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) gestures on stage after being selected as the number twenty-two overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Johnny Manziel says NFL Draft was ‘wacky’


Coming into the 2014 NFL Draft, there were a lot of smokescreens, misdirections, and unjust criticism surrounding former Texas A&M quarterback in Johnny Manziel. Some say he was worthy of the number one overall pick. Some said he wasn’t as talented as projected, therefore being a player they’d select after the third round.

None of that mattered on draft night as the quarterback dealt with an Aaron Rodgers-esque slide before being selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 22nd overall pick. And how would he describe his draft experience soon after being picked?

“Any team that was on the clock, whatever the situation was, I felt there was a possibility. It was a little bit of a wacky draft.”

It wasn’t ludicrous to see teams pass on Manziel. The Houston Texans opted to go with the hyper-athletic freak in Jadeveon Clowney with the first pick of the draft. The Jacksonville Jaguars reached by selecting Blake Bortles at three making him of the three quarterbacks selected in the first round. And the teams that had been connected to the quarterback through rumors and sources, Minnesota, Cleveland, and Dallas, had opted to go elsewhere. It took the Browns trading up in the draft in a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles to finally get Manziel off the board.

Many have compared Manziel’s slide to that of Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, and Brady Quinn, two of the three being sure-ins for the NFL Hall-of-Fame while the other flamed out of the league after faltering under expectations coming out of Notre Dame. If one had to guess, Manziel would likely fall somewhere in between Hall of Famer and flat-out bust. For the Browns sake, they hope he leans toward Brees and Rodgers.

After all the hype and impressing the world on the collegiate playing level, it’s time for Manziel to prove he’s as good as pundits say he is and the critics say he isn’t.. The work starts now for the most famous rookie in the world.

“It’s good to mix things up. I’m excited for the change. I’m excited to have a place called home.”

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  • Real M-Fing talk !!!

    Bahahahaha !… Now i know there is a God ! and guess what? he hates Cleveland !
    Welcome Johnny football Tebow 2.0 to the mount rushmore of great Cleveland QB’s… Brandon Weeden, Brady Quinn, Tim Couch and now Johnny football Buss

    Johnny’s P.R. team may want to look into a few more names for Johnny football ego before the season opener….

    - Johnny football Pick 6
    - Johnny football turnover
    - Johnny football INT’s
    - Johnny football Jump ball
    - Johnny football Strip Sack
    - Johnny football Benched at half time
    - Johnny football Clipboard
    - Johnny football Third String
    - Johnny football Practice Squad
    - Johnny football Water boy
    - Johnny football Placed on Waivers
    - Johnny football Cut
    - Johnny football Arena League
    - Johnny football 30 for 30 where did it go wrong !

    and in the end he will be known as only Johnny football Hype. The great thing about Johnny football Suck !, Cleveland doesn’t have to endure a Johnny football Decision !

    • Josh Hart

      More like Johnny ‘got smashed by a Steeler.’ He’s nothing like Tebow though.

      • Real M-Fing talk !!!

        Why i said Tebow 2.0, because they are basing him more on Marketing, Hype, Magic on the field and Not football ability… Johnny is a third round QB at best ! and Tebow was a 6 / 7th round or free agent QB… Johnny has a better arm than Tebow but thats not saying much… Johnny wont get away with those throw it up for grab plays, recievers running 10 yards open and a clean pocket in the NFL, ask Brady “the throw it up or grabs king at Notre Dame” Quinn

  • Rhonda Pritchett Rabon

    Ouch!