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Cleveland Browns Select Johnny Manziel in 2014 NFL Draft

The Cleveland Browns selected highly-touted quarterback Johnny Manziel 22nd overall in the 2014 NFL Draft on May 8.

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Cleveland Browns Select Johnny Manziel in 2014 NFL Draft

Cleveland Browns Select Johnny Manziel in 2014 NFL Draft
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The Cleveland Browns selected highly-touted quarterback Johnny Manziel 22nd overall in the 2014 NFL Draft on May 8. 

Mary Kay Cabot of The Northeast Ohio Media Group recalls how Manziel wound up with the Dawg Pound on this memorable night: 

"Johnny Football is coming to Cleveland. The Browns made Johnny Manziel, the Texas A&M quarterback, the 22nd overall pick of NFL Draft 2014, bringing instant excitement and attention to a team that hasn't had much of either over the last decade. 

"The Browns had passed on Manziel once already earlier in the night, but they didn't do it twice. 

"Earlier in the night, the Browns -- after trading down from No. 4 to No. 9, and then trading up from No. 9 to No. 8 -- selected Oklahoma State (Cowboys) cornerback Justin Gilbert. 

"The Browns had owned the 26th pick, but moved up to 22 by dealing with Philadelphia right before the Eagles picked. The Browns gave Philadelphia their No. 26 pick, and a third-rounder Friday night, No. 83 overall."

Manziel said he feels right at home with the Browns shortly after he was drafted, per ESPN (via Cleveland.com). 

He said,"To be here feels right. Dawg Pound, here we come. I'm going to pour my heart out for this team...I truly believe Cleveland was supposed to be where I ended up." 

In a separate update, Cabot notes the Manziel selection materialized when Cleveland traded running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round draft pick last year. That draft pick was positioned at No. 26 overall on the board, but then the Browns traded up to No. 22, as Cabot previously mentions. 

Cabot also points out the Minnesota Vikings wanted to trade up to No. 22, presumably to get a shot at Manziel. 

Amazingly, Manziel's prophecy three months ago proved to be prophetic, per the same update. 

"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.

"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." 

Manziel also told Kevin Jones of the Browns' official website he was honest with the team from the very beginning, letting his true self shine through when he was being evaluated in the weeks leading up to his big moment. 

"I think the Browns did a very good job of asking me their due diligence questions and asking me and seeing what was out of the media or what was heard; what they heard was actualy the truth. There was never a time where I lied or shied away from a question. 

"For me, it was go into the situation and be very honest and be very upfront with them, and let my true character show and let them find out who I really am. I think that alleviated some concerns with them."

He then spoke with Cabot via conference call to discuss getting passed up by 21 teams and competition at the Browns' starting quarterback position with Brian Hoyer.

"I believe (I will have a chip on my shoulder). What a blessing and an honor it is, but at the same time, a lot of teams passed me up, so it's just like I think with anybody, you do grow a little bit of a chip, but you try to get better and become a good football player.

"Brian is obviously a very good player who I really do respect. He's a teammate of mine now. I'm going in to show these guys that I'm here to obviously compete and see what I bring to the table. 

"That's the coach's decision, and whatever happens in that regard will happen, but he played extremely well last year, until he got injured. We'll be together a lot."

ESPN's Pat McManamon reports Cleveland fans acted swiftly as soon as the Browns chose Manziel. 

"The reaction in Cleveland was immediate. 

"Within 25 minutes of Manziel's selection, the team had sold 200 new season tickets and had 300 renewed.

"A team vice president tweeted that the phones were ringing off the hook, and another tweeted a photo of the Manziel jersey now available at the team shop." 

The said photo can be seen here

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones told McManamon that Manziel wasn't who they were zeroing in on. Instead, the Cowboys selected Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin with the 16th overall pick. 

"There's no way any quarterback comes in here and beats out Tony Romo. As you well know in here, Romo is by contract as well as by commitment is going to be the quarterback for the Cowboys for several years to come. I don't care who you draft." 

The 5'11", 207-pound Manziel finished his two-year career at Texas A&M with 9,989 all-purpose yards and 93 touchdowns. He also had a 164.1 passer rating, per Sports-Reference.com. 

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