Browns trade up to end Johnny Manziel’s slide at No. 22 overall

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The Cleveland Browns made a move to finally end the slide of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

The Philadelphia Eagles traded the No. 22 overall pick to Cleveland to allow the Browns to move up and get Johnny Football.

It’s the third time since 2007 the Browns have selected a quarterback with the 22nd overall pick in the draft. They have to be hoping the selection of Manziel turns out more favorably than the prior two selections of Brady Quinn and Brandon Weeden.

Manziel was thought to be a possibility to the Browns with the No. 4 overall pick in the draft. Cleveland elected to trade down in search of a cornerback and selected Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert with the No. 8 overall selection.

Minnesota, Tennessee and Dallas all passed on Manziel as he continued his wait in the green room at Radio City Music Hall. Cleveland finally decided they had waited long enough and found a team willing to deal in the Eagles.

The Eagles move back four spots to No. 26 overall and picked up a third-round pick, No. 83 overall, from the Browns.

Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has experience working with a mobile quarterback. He coached Robert Griffin III with the Washington Redskins the last two seasons and may be the perfect fit to best utilize Manziel’s abilities.

96 responses to “Browns trade up to end Johnny Manziel’s slide at No. 22 overall

  1. Welcome to Cleveland Johnny, the graveyard for quarterbacks. In a few years you will be speaking like Bernie Kosar.

  2. Falling was the best thing to happen to him. Kyle Shannahan did well with RG3 his rookie year. Hopefully he doesn’t get Manziel killed though with the read option.

  3. Not bad. They didn’t really give up very much for Johnny Football, and they didn’t reach for him in the Top Ten.

    I don’t think Manziel will end up being very good, so if I’m a Browns fan (and I’m not), I’m really glad I got him AND Gilbert.

    Good play. Bad pick, but since that’s who they wanted, I applaud them.

  4. He would have been a bad pick in the top 10, but he is a very nice pick at this spot.

  5. I actually think this is a good choice for the Browns – gives the team a personality which they desperately need, and maybe someone fun to watch. But of course if he doesn’t work out, they’ve always got Brian HoyHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAhahahahaha oh man that gets me every time

  6. You could not write a better script. He slides way down and CLE picks him. Serves him right opening his mouth too much. On a team with an unproven HC, a QB killer OC, and a team with controversy around it. This was all about generating media buzz. And isn’t it ironic that this is the same team where Brady Quinn wound up? He is, after all, for purposes of the NFL draft, Brady Quinn 2.0.

    Should’ve stayed in school.

  7. The drafting of the Johnny Manzial by the Browns is as big to them as it was when the Cavilers drafted Lebron James… This pick gave the Browns life with hope… Good luck to both of he Manziel and the Browns… Indeed…

  8. Manziel wasn’t the first QB taken.
    Two of his Texas A&M teammates were drafted before him.
    He wasn’t even the Browns’ first pick.

    … Fascinating.

  9. when mentioning cleveland’s history with Brady Quinn and Brandon Weeden…. Don’t forget Colt McCoy too !!

  10. Cleveland and St. Louis are the winners tonight…but they also had two picks each…

  11. Good move by Eagles with both Pryor and ha-ha gone. They wanted more picks and now have an extra 3rd rounder. I’m predicting they draft RB Mason in third round. The leagues leading rusher also leads in “biggest mouth” and that don’t work for Chip.

  12. And you can tell everybody……..

    I’m a bust

    I’m a bust

    I’m a bah-ust!

  13. Hate this pick. He will be injured within his first year as starter. We have to pick up a different QB in the late rounds too.

  14. Welcome to the AFC North..LOL Bad place for rookie QBs not on the Steelers or Ratbirds

  15. after a year in Cleveland, he’ll be asking if he can go back to A&M to play for free (as long as he can get paid to sell his autographs of course)

  16. This has to be an owner decision. Farmer and the other football personnel are too smart for this. Manziel has a bad attitude and is not big enough for a tough division. Having said that, he now has something to prove. I want to see it. Singed, a believer in Hoyer.

  17. 6 games against stout defensive division rivals. Sweet. What s his over/under for games missed with injury….. 6. ? lol

  18. I feel for Brian Hoyer. Life is full of what ifs. If he could have stayed healthy last year he might have had a career in Cleveland. He may never get a legitimate shot. The Cleveland way is to be distracted by whatever is shiny instead of building on what you have.

  19. As somebody said, they didn’t give up too much to get him (a #3rd rounder – at first I thought we gave up our #2), and we didn’t reach for him at #4. He’s not the guy I wanted, I wanted Bridgewater, but here’s hoping. I’m a Browns fan for life, so I gotta root for him, but I think he has bust written all over him. I was so hoping that someone else had drafted him because he is so risky and not in a good way.

    22 Quinn = BUST
    22 Weeden =BUST
    22 Manziel = ???

    Let’s nope 3rd times the charm.

  20. The CFL might be a better option for him than CLE, thinking about it…though he should’ve stayed in school.

    That pissed off look when he was chosen was priceless. Reminded me of Brady Quinn waiting and waiting and waiting…

    Gotta wonder about CLE’s mgmt on this. Short term media frenzy does not equal long term success. And proud of Jerry Jones for resusting the urge!

  21. All Manziel has to do is beat PIT, BAL and CIN twice per year and he’ll be the best QB the Browns have had since Otto Graham.

    Funny that the most innovative NFL head coach, Paul Brown, would love JM’s skill set!

  22. Yup Richard Sherman was pissed off going in the 5th round too until he turned it into a $40mm payday!

  23. Cleveland needs a QB, but this is a bad fit. We’ll never know how good he could have been, because Cleveland doesn’t have what it takes to maximize him.

    Mack and Manziel seem to be the losers in this draft so far.

  24. Hate all you want girls! Johnny Football will be the man to bring Cleveland a much deserved Pro Sports Title! It was destiny, the most hyped player to come out in decades to end up here. He will win a Lombardi here and become the new “king” of Cleveland and go down as a Legend in Cleveland and the NFL as a whole! Thank you God and Baby Jesus!!! Dawg Pound 4 Life!!!

  25. Didn’t Cleveland pay 100,000 dollars to study the best quarterback in this draft and the result was Teddy Bridgewater? That was a waste, who ever grabs Bridgewater is gonna get the best prospect in this draft.

  26. He has to play Steelers, Ravens and Cincy D’s 6 times. He will struggle mightily, and likely end the season significantly hobbled.

  27. First off, Johnny Football will be average at best… And that is if he went to a “winning” team. Other than Gordon… This guy will be check- down Charlie to TE Jordan. Having said all that the Browns will finish in 4th place. Go figure. Sorry Cleveland you are in a tough Division. Nice Draft, but no Dice.

  28. Lmao. They’re own paid study said bridgewater was the best. Maybe there was an intangible grade and Manziel ended up in second only cuz he’s a Hollywood wanna-be

  29. Have you ever read so many HTTR posting before? For a team that has some bad navigating in drafts probably since drafting Tim Couch in 1999 and (unsuspectingly) starting up the “QB graveyard” jokes.
    But most people who hate are just jealous.
    Manziel is NOTHING like the other clipboard holders that have been picked at the magical “double deuces” slot in the 1st round.
    He maybe shorter than all the other QB’s (even McCoy)… However… He’s more mobile, has the instincts that not ONE other QB in the draft possesses. More arm strength accept for Quinn probably, has the drive that probably NO OTHER QB has in the draft and leadership ability that will be scary coming from a rookie. And scored incredibly well (31) on the Wunderlic test. Think JaJerkus Russell scored a 10 and Bridge (over troubled intercepted) water… I think scored a freakin’ 8 on the exam.
    AFC Central CLE HTTRS… You’re now on notice. The BAL Ratbirds are over… They had to rummage through the couch of their dead owner for loose change to be able to pay for their below average QB… Just because he was able to up his game to AVERAGE like quality which was enough to win the SB… Cuz he has been anything BUT since… Nice investment Ozzie. PIT has a good QB with almost no WR’s, a 2nd year RB who didn’t set the house in fire his rookie year and a TE who seems to have played in the NFL since 1980 with at least one busted ACL… And CIN who hasn’t won a playoff game since Palmer was QB.. They’ve got nothing but weapons on offense and a stout defense but CLE’a ace in the hole is that Marvin Lewis is STILL coach.
    Get AFC Central things are different starting THIS training camp in Berea… and that’s what da HTTRS are scared of.

  30. good pick browns. he’ll be playing in a mediocre division . the steelers are old, ravens arent very good . the bengals are ok. manziel might take the browns to the playoffs his rookie year. should be an exciting season.

  31. This is why the Browns go 4-12 and 5-11. They make dumb decision after dunb decision. You could have had the best player in the draft again in Sammy Watkins. You now have passed on Julio Jones and Sammy Watkins. Typical Browns and fans wonder why they suck every damn year. This is exactly the cause of it. Horrible Drafting

    Im officially done with this sorry ass joke of a franchise

  32. Why did Jon Gruden go so nuts over JM? He was acting wacky during the broadcast today, too, Gruden. Just… off.

  33. A++++ draft grade. Day one Gilbert starting #2 CB. Johhny some might have said the highest rated Qb in the draft (john Gruden). And we fleeced the Bills for there 1st rounder next season . which could end up being a top 10 pick considering they play in a Div with the Pats, phins and much improved jets. BEST DRAFT EVER SO FAR.

  34. Good job clevelend.. if you don’t lose your wr to suspension you will be great. This guy has the lineage to win some big games and not chuck it up the last two minutes of the game.

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