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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.

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96 Responses to “Browns trade up to end Johnny Manziel’s slide at No. 22 overall”
  1. hugeredskinsfan says: May 8, 2014 10:46 PM

    Love the Browns’ moves! Go Johnny!

  2. Lord Oswald Bupkis III says: May 8, 2014 10:46 PM

    So it begins…

  3. NFLisnotreality says: May 8, 2014 10:47 PM

    Suckers…
    Sadness reigns supreme

  4. cinvis says: May 8, 2014 10:47 PM

    with the 22nd pick the Browns take Brady Quin… sorry Manziel lol…

  5. kamthechancellor says: May 8, 2014 10:47 PM

    What was that gesture he made walking on the stage? Good luck with that Cleveland.

  6. packerbackernj says: May 8, 2014 10:47 PM

    Impossible. Hes suppose to Be a viking.

  7. babyphife says: May 8, 2014 10:47 PM

    John is a very great qb. Cleveland Rock!

  8. timmyp716 says: May 8, 2014 10:47 PM

    Well at least they have Buffalos pick next year to put towards a QB

  9. qdog112 says: May 8, 2014 10:47 PM

    Now our long national nightmare has ended. We may all exhale.

  10. casualmalexlfan says: May 8, 2014 10:47 PM

    Welp, here we go.

  11. kmurph1226 says: May 8, 2014 10:48 PM

    The Browns also selected Brady Quinn and Brandon Weeden at 22….

  12. ghjjf says: May 8, 2014 10:48 PM

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

  13. jjackwagon says: May 8, 2014 10:48 PM

    Good, thanks Browns!

  14. rascalmanny says: May 8, 2014 10:48 PM

    Manziel is now officially doomed.

    Save your money boy!

  15. detectivejimmymcnulty says: May 8, 2014 10:49 PM

    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.

  16. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 8, 2014 10:49 PM

    I guess the Vikes didn’t need him…

  17. jrmbadger says: May 8, 2014 10:49 PM

    The Viking trolls just jumped off their bridges.

  18. edelmanfanclub says: May 8, 2014 10:49 PM

    Hmmm…. 22nd pick? Same as…. Brady Quinn.. Lol

  19. thelastpieceofcheese says: May 8, 2014 10:49 PM

    Hey Johnny, welcome to the NFL quarterback graveyard (Brady Quinn, Weeden),

  20. raidersownyou says: May 8, 2014 10:50 PM

    Cleveland, ladies and gentleman.

  21. gmsalpha says: May 8, 2014 10:50 PM

    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.

  22. anarchopurplism says: May 8, 2014 10:50 PM

    The latest product manufactured by the Factory of Sadness

  23. hazelmn says: May 8, 2014 10:50 PM

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

  24. supermanium says: May 8, 2014 10:50 PM

    Regardless of anything else, this should be fun to watch.

  25. Remember Brian Brohm says: May 8, 2014 10:50 PM

    Manziel is going to Quarterback Heaven. Cleveland is where quarterbacks go to die, right?

  26. trondaddy says: May 8, 2014 10:50 PM

    I can’t tell if these tears are from joy, laughter, or sadness

  27. allidoiswin55 says: May 8, 2014 10:51 PM

    They got their guy good for them . They should have drafted a better player earlier but they still won their draft in their board room .

  28. Remember Brian Brohm says: May 8, 2014 10:51 PM

    The Vikings were never interested in Manziel. Huge bust potential.

  29. jimjim84 says: May 8, 2014 10:51 PM

    johnny mistake by the lake

  30. fordmandalay says: May 8, 2014 10:52 PM

    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

  31. doctorrustbelt says: May 8, 2014 10:52 PM

    sal palontonio said a homeless man told the Browns to pick Johnny Manziel.

  32. jraw67 says: May 8, 2014 10:52 PM

    The disappointment on his face when hearing Cleveland was priceless.

  33. drs76109 says: May 8, 2014 10:53 PM

    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.

  34. coldwater32301 says: May 8, 2014 10:54 PM

    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…

  35. ragnarthemagnificent says: May 8, 2014 10:54 PM

    Nice draft Browns, will be fun to watch this year. Hard Knocks?

  36. drs76109 says: May 8, 2014 10:54 PM

    And further, that Chip Kelly passed on him speaks volumes.

  37. tennesseeoilers says: May 8, 2014 10:54 PM

    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.

  38. gbfanforever says: May 8, 2014 10:55 PM

    Tim Couch is a more apt comparison than Quinn or wheedan

  39. gadgetking2010 says: May 8, 2014 10:55 PM

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

  40. Spencer says: May 8, 2014 10:55 PM

    Never change, Cleveland.

  41. bennyb82 says: May 8, 2014 10:55 PM

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

  42. thereyougo2 says: May 8, 2014 10:55 PM

    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.

  43. anarchopurplism says: May 8, 2014 10:56 PM

    And you can tell everybody……..

    I’m a bust

    I’m a bust

    I’m a bah-ust!

  44. timmyp716 says: May 8, 2014 10:56 PM

    I predict this guy doesn’t get a second contract in the NFL

  45. blitzkriegfb says: May 8, 2014 10:56 PM

    He’ll probably get injured in the first five games of the season because he decided to run instead of pass it.

  46. rowdymon says: May 8, 2014 10:56 PM

    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.

  47. bengalskuta82 says: May 8, 2014 10:57 PM

    The fav spot for QBs 22nd spot. Its been a disaster, and I think the trend continues.

  48. cunninghampeetemcnabbvick says: May 8, 2014 10:57 PM

    Great trade for Eagles. Move back 4 spots for a 3rd rounder? Everyday!

  49. NFLisnotreality says: May 8, 2014 10:58 PM

    Johnny and the Factory of Sadness…

  50. blackngold4life says: May 8, 2014 10:58 PM

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

  51. thelastwordyaheard says: May 8, 2014 10:58 PM

    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)

  52. armchairqb says: May 8, 2014 10:59 PM

    Out of football by 2017.

  53. kelsey59 says: May 8, 2014 10:59 PM

    WOW, Poor Cleveland. They can’t do anything right.

  54. jpat2424 says: May 8, 2014 11:00 PM

    Big Bust

  55. taintedsaints2009 says: May 8, 2014 11:01 PM

    how could minnesota pass on manziel but yet they draft ponder? oh wonderful! we signed Cassel to a contract extension!

    you’re doing QB all wrong, speilman!

  56. doctorbarr says: May 8, 2014 11:01 PM

    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.

  57. jiggy3198 says: May 8, 2014 11:02 PM

    They should have taken Watson fourth and still get Johnny

  58. ytownjoe says: May 8, 2014 11:05 PM

    I hope this works.

  59. bworacle says: May 8, 2014 11:06 PM

    That’s why my Texans suck…they never take any risks. They could have easily traded with the Packers and taken Manziel.

  60. celticsforever says: May 8, 2014 11:07 PM

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

  61. artworkworld says: May 8, 2014 11:08 PM

    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.

  62. believeland1954 says: May 8, 2014 11:08 PM

    He’s been a Brown for 15 minutes and there are already 60 posts! I love it.

  63. bossbertozzi says: May 8, 2014 11:09 PM

    Looks like they decided to go ahead and take Bo Callahan this time around

  64. erock0129 says: May 8, 2014 11:09 PM

    Let the haters hate, we are Cleveland…JOHNNY FOOTBALL BABY!!! GO BROWNS!!!

  65. njraiderfan19 says: May 8, 2014 11:09 PM

    Did they tell him that Cleveland QBs are required to blow out their ACL?

  66. ballboy48 says: May 8, 2014 11:12 PM

    Haters are going to hate.

  67. godofwine330 says: May 8, 2014 11:14 PM

    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.

  68. drs76109 says: May 8, 2014 11:17 PM

    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!

  69. borisbulldog says: May 8, 2014 11:17 PM

    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!

  70. borisbulldog says: May 8, 2014 11:19 PM

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

  71. pacodawg says: May 8, 2014 11:19 PM

    Manziel>Richardson Thanks Indy!

  72. kevpft says: May 8, 2014 11:20 PM

    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.

  73. bensstinkyfingers says: May 8, 2014 11:22 PM

    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!!!

  74. pftking says: May 8, 2014 11:23 PM

    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.

  75. kelsey59 says: May 8, 2014 11:34 PM

    He will be on IR once the Ravens and Steelers are done with him.

  76. Matt dog from C-town says: May 8, 2014 11:43 PM

    Lots of jealousy in these comments….too bad!

    We got our QB!!!!! Yeah baby!

  77. rcali says: May 8, 2014 11:43 PM

    Well, there goes the marketing dollars he was hoping for.

  78. thetooloftools says: May 8, 2014 11:45 PM

    THANK YOU GOD & FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS !

  79. crownofthehelmet says: May 8, 2014 11:51 PM

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

  80. gary2525 says: May 8, 2014 11:52 PM

    22 is a BAD number for Cleveland both QB’s taken at 22 and both bust.

  81. ncphinsfan says: May 9, 2014 12:00 AM

    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.

  82. dubblelznhell says: May 9, 2014 12:02 AM

    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

  83. originalsteelcurtain says: May 9, 2014 12:52 AM

    Johnny sez “Cleveland is where I am supposed to be”.

    When he wakes up tomorrow, reality will set in and he will be bummed.

  84. realfootballfan says: May 9, 2014 12:55 AM

    I like this kid and hope he succeeds in the face of all the old fogeys knocking him for little or nothing.

  85. auscon4 says: May 9, 2014 12:56 AM

    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.

  86. vincentbojackson says: May 9, 2014 1:16 AM

    The Browns never miss on a Quarterback in the draft.

  87. hulk2000 says: May 9, 2014 1:31 AM

    Manziel & Gordon is the second coming of Anderson & Braylon

  88. redandgoldhitman52 says: May 9, 2014 1:33 AM

    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.

  89. patswhatsup says: May 9, 2014 1:56 AM

    You think Kyle Shanahan’s performance coaching Rg3 makes him qualified to coach mobile quarterbacks. What?!?!?!

  90. kneel2browns says: May 9, 2014 2:08 AM

    Steelers will be in last place in AFC North.

  91. Dogsweat says: May 9, 2014 2:27 AM

    Pull an Elway or Eli.

  92. brownsmakemecrazy says: May 9, 2014 4:37 AM

    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

  93. billhweld says: May 9, 2014 5:10 AM

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

  94. mustangbryk says: May 9, 2014 9:08 AM

    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.

  95. tanstewie says: May 9, 2014 1:46 PM

    Paul crewe wore #22 for the mean machine. .fitting

  96. jollyjoker2 says: May 10, 2014 1:33 PM

    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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