Jay Glazer was right -- the Browns were not going to take Johnny Manziel at No. 4. BUT THEY STILL GOT HIM!
After the Browns took CB Justin Gilbert at No. 8 overall, the rumors kept circulating that Cleveland was trying to trade up. QB Johnny Manziel and QB Teddy Bridgewater both kept falling, proving that the media reports over the past month or so were correct after all.
Cleveland was still set to pick at No. 26 overall, but when the Philadelphia Eagles were on the clock at No. 22 overall, Cleveland moved up to get ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs. To move up, the Browns gave up a third-round pick in this year's draft (No. 83 overall).
NFL Combine Results:
Height: 5'11" ¾
Weight: 207 pounds
Hand Size: 9 7/8"
40 yard: 4.64 seconds
10 Yard Split: 1.63 seconds
Broad Jump: 9’5"
3 Cone Drill: 6.75 seconds
When the staff at Dawgs By Nature compiled our Browns big boards, Manziel was listed as the second player on our cumulative big boards. Cleveland ended up getting him much later and picked up a first-rounder in 2015 (to go along with Gilbert). They still have their pick at No. 35 overall too!
It'll obviously be interesting to see how Cleveland handles the Brian Hoyer vs. Johnny Manziel situation, but that's a debate for another day. Here is what our Texas A&M affiliate, Good Bull Hunting, had to say about Manziel going to Cleveland:
Many see Johnny as a pure "boom or bust" pick. I don't quite see it that way. If the Browns try to force him to be like every other quarterback, it is going to be a rough relationship that might even end in divorce at some point. But if the Browns are willing to adapt their offense to his strengths and let him play freely, it will work out well for both sides. I almost feel like Johnny will be better playing for a defensive head coach like Mike Pettine, someone who isn't going to be too concerned about what is going on with the offense. Someone who would be fine with Johnny making plays and not caring how many QB rules he broke to make them.
How excited are you about getting Manziel Browns fans? And, how thankful are we that the team dealt RB Trent Richardson last year for No. 26 overall? Thank you, Jim Irsay!