Not many people were that shocked when the Cleveland Browns traded up in the first round of the NFL Draft to the 22nd pick overall to take Johnny Manziel. They had been heavily rumored to be interested in him for quite some time, and for him to fall that far, they had to do it.
If anything was shocking that night, it was the drop that Manziel made. As early as Thursday morning, people had him pegged as a sure-fire top 10 pick, yet there we were that night watching him fall…and fall…and fall some more.
But did the Browns have a little help in making the decision? More importantly, did they have help from Manziel himself?
According to his new quarterback coach, Dowell Loggains, he did have some sort of a hand in it as Loggains admitted in an interview on Thursday night that he received a text from his new protege, urging him to convince to the team to get up and grab him, according to Cleveland.com.
“We’re sitting there and they keep showing Johnny on T.V. and Johnny and I are texting and he shoots me a text and he says, ‘I wish you guys would come get me. Hurry up and draft me because I want to be there. I want to wreck this league together.’
After receiving that text, according to Loggains, it was then just as simple as passing the message up the command chain, which then made Jimmy Haslam make the final call.
“When I got that text, I forwarded it to the owner and to the head coach (Mike Pettine),” Loggains said Thursday on Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly on Arkansas ESPN. “I’m like ‘this guy wants to be here. He wants to be part of it.’ As soon as that happened, Mr. Haslam said, ‘pull the trigger. We’re trading up to go get this guy.”’
That really is an amazing story as to how one of the more memorable moments in the draft came about, but it’s just sad that this kind of deflates the whole homeless guy fairy tale.