Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel experienced quite the draft day slide, sitting in the green room at Radio City Music Hall till the second half of the first round. So why were teams, and teams who needed quarterbacks, not taking Manziel, a quarterback that could sell tickets and bring excitement to an organization?
“He was paying for being a cocky asshole,” said one AFC scout.
But even if he was a cocky asshole, which wouldn’t necessarily be breaking news, teams passed up the opportunity to draft a playmaker who would sell a lot of tickets. Another NFL scout told Freeman that Manziel was a product of the media hype machine, much like another quarterback named Tim Tebow.
“You guys in the media made him,” said an NFC scout. “He’s a media creation.”
Manziel addressed the possibility of going to the Browns back in February and made some interesting comments and becoming just another name on the famed quarterbacks jersey. His comments might be a sneak peak at his “cocky asshole” attitude, but there is a fine line between confidence and cockiness.
“If something happens, and it’s the Cleveland Browns, I’m going to pour my heart out for the Dawg Pound and try to win a Super Bowl for Cleveland,” Manziel said, via the Houston Chronicle. “I don’t care if they’ve had 20 starting quarterbacks since 1999. I’m going to be the 21st and the guy that brought them the Super Bowl.”
Of course he was probably talking about the Browns’ fourth pick and not their 22nd, but things happen. Now to prove that it is confidence and not cockiness, Manziel needs to do what none of those other ill-fated Cleveland Browns quarterbacks have done before.