The Cleveland Browns had sent out signals that they weren’t going to take Johnny Manziel with the No. 4 overall pick. Cleveland instead moved down to the No. 9 spot and then back to No. 8 to get cornerback Justin Gilbert. The Browns then moved back up to the No. 22 pick in the first round after another series of trades and made the move for Manziel, who heads to the shores of Lake Erie with a chip on his shoulder the size of Cleveland itself.
Manziel had stated in the past that any team that passed on him would regret it. There are definitely a lot of teams that did pass on Johnny Football and he had to wait nearly three hours to be finally selected. He goes to an improving Cleveland team that has the potential to become something special in a suspect AFC North. The key for the Browns is not forcing Manziel onto the field right away. Brian Hoyer showed he is fully capable of running the offense last season and if the Browns can do it, they should sit Manziel to watch for at least the first half of the 2014 season and allow him to learn and observe.
That would be a very bitter pill to swallow for Browns fans though, who has endured a lot of losing over the past number of seasons. Could Manziel find himself on the field when the regular season opens on Sept. 7 on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers? That is quite possible depending on how well Manziel does in the preseason but whenever he does hit the field, opposing defenses had better watch out.
Manziel could easily turn into the right-handed version of Michael Vick with his scrambling ability and wants to prove why he should have been picked much higher. Any player who can make throws like these and can run around is someone NFL teams must watch out for.
There is a lot of excitement in Cleveland moving forward as the Dawg Pound gets ready to welcome Manziel to town. Hopefully that excitement can last more than just draft weekend. If Manziel can pull it off though, his name will go right past Brian Sipe and Bernie Kosar in the hearts of Browns fans everywhere. It’s time for the Manziel show to begin.