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Johnny Football Comes To Cleveland


The Cleveland Browns were a busy team Thursday night in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft and that included them selecting Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with the 22nd overall selection.

Heading into draft, it was reported that the Browns would not be drafting Manziel with their fourth overall selection and that wound up being the case. They traded away that pick to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for their first and fourth round picks this year in addition to a 2015 first round pick.

After moving down five spots, the Browns moved back up one spot by swapping picks with the Minnesota Vikings in addition to giving them their fifth round pick this year, No. 145 overall. That move up resulted in them drafting Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert with the eighth overall selection.

The Browns were still not done maneuvering, however, as they then traded up from the 26th overall spot to the 22nd overall spot with the Philadelphia Eagles to draft Manziel.

Manziel will likely start the season as the backup to starter Brian Hoyer and that means the Pittsburgh Steelers best chance of facing him would be in Week 6 being as the two teams open the season against one another. It all depends on how Hoyer is playing come October and if the Browns are winning.

The Browns haven’t had the best of luck when it comes to drafting quarterbacks over the years and they now must hope that “Johnny Football” isn’t just another “Johnny Come Lately.”

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  • Matt Manzo

    Identical to the Brady Quinn draft! I knew the browns would something silly!

  • steelster

    Think he will start week 1 versus the steelers ?

  • Shannon Stephenson

    and when they drafted Weedon.

  • steelster

    Yes, but the browns pulled a great move by trading back and picking up next years first round pick from the bills.

  • PA2AK

    Agree…look like some really nice moves. They picked up some solid pieces too. I think their picks this year are pretty nice. Just have to wait till they fly back to Cleveland to soak up the suck.

  • Ike Evans

    Cleveland is cursed ….they are goin to ruin that kid somehow

  • steelster

    Johnny Football is a risk but from the browns FO standpoint how would you explain not trying to go after a franchise qb. The browns could have 2 picks in the top 10 next year. I mean the bills suck.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    I really like john john but i feel sorry for this kid he is in the worst position possible playing us the ravens and bengals twice is gonna make him look either really really good or really really bad two times over

  • PA2AK

    Oh absolutely. I think they played it great for this year and next. They will still find a way to suck though.

  • MailboxKid

    I don’t know about everyone else but I’m excited. It’s gunna be a show and if he does become a decent QB and the Browns a contending team, Cleveland deserves it. Honestly one of the worst cities I’ve been to. Like a flat Coke. Awful. Trying to keep biases out of it.

  • MailboxKid

    I think he’s gunna work hard and learn the playbook. He’s mad. I’d say so.

  • LucasY59

    What did it cost them to move from 26 to 22 for Manziel?

  • steelster

    You don’t like the mistake on the lake.

  • steelster

    a 3rd round pick.

  • Jeff

    I’m more worried about facing Justin Gilbert twice a year than Manziel. He complements Joe Haden perfectly. I actually wanted the steelers to draft him if he would of been there.

  • steelster

    I’m worried about both and who they pick in the second round. They may pick Jordan Matthews next.

  • shawn

    really good moves by them … dont think Johnny will work out but gotta like their wheeling and dealing

  • shawn

    i agree … Johnny isn’t likely to make it in my opinion, but they had to try and didnt risk much as they picked up another 1st rounder as well as Gilbert … nicely done !

  • shawn

    He’s done …. has no chance of being successful in cleveland

  • shawn

    but like how they traded back and picked up Gilbert plus another 1st rounder …. well done …. Johnny pick is understandable but he will likely fail there unfortunately

  • DoctorNoah

    “Like a flat Coke” – awesome! Spent a year there. Can’t believe how a city can waste such a potentially beautiful waterfront.

    Would love to see Hoyer outplay him and have Cleveland be stuck with a QB controversy as they suck their way into a 4-12 season and Pettine loses his head. Would be typical…

  • wdhammer

    another over hyped stiff

  • scott2443

    i hope they got enough room on that came and booted qb trophy in ohio to add another name to it when steelers run another qb out town ….media loves to talk about this guy it be a pleasure to see him run for his life when our new lber ryan runs his back side down and plants him

  • steeltown

    Welcome to the AFCNorth… buckle your chinstrap!

  • Nolrog

    I think Cleveland had a very good draft.

  • T R

    yea so far so good.. even if johnny sucks. they still manuever there way to 2 first round picks next year. incredible how well this team is stacking up…

  • Superdriller316

    Remember a few years back when Timmons KILLED those two Brownie QB’s on back to back plays? Look out Johnny Cleveland.

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