Well the NFL Draft is complete with its fair share of excitement. It was viewed by millions over the course of several days and had plenty of heart-warming and historic moments. Most notably would have to be the selection of Michael Sam by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round. Sam, easily the most famous 249th pick in any NFL draft, is the first openly gay player in the NFL.
But as much of a story as that was let’s not forget the biggest story from this year’s draft. Let’s be real here, it has to be Johnny Manziel. Everyone was dying to see where Johnny Football was going to end up. And as the first round continued to run we all began to wonder when he was going to be selected and, more importantly, what team would make that decision.
Enter the Cleveland Browns. The Browns have been searching for a quarterback for decades now and are without a doubt desperate. They passed on Manziel earlier in the first round with their initial pick, it looked like they might take him, but they chose instead to go with defensive back Justin Gilbert.
All to later on in the draft trade up to the 22nd pick and select Mr. Manziel himself. This is excellent, folks. The Browns have been fighting for relevance for years and might have just found their guy. Johnny Football was going to be a huge fit regardless of where he went, but now that he is in Cleveland it is all the better.
The Browns tell the public that Manziel is the number 2 QB behind Brian Hoyer — which is fine, they are playing it safe — but come on, Brian Hoyer? Decent QB, but the Browns just selected Johnny Football, he won’t be a backup for long. In fact, I’ll say by week six he will be running the show in Cleveland.
Manziel-Mania has already taken over the city. The deadbeat city of Cleveland has been looking for something to cling to ever since LeBron left in 2010 – this just might be it!
It is still unclear just how successful Manziel will be in the league, and unfortunately for him he is in a division (AFC North) with three tough defenses in Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. He will be fun to watch and will pull off some big plays, but I can’t imagine him leading the Browns to the promise land — at least not yet.
NFL defenses usually debunk wild QB’s like Manziel after their first year of success, so even if Johnny Football has a great first year that might be the end of it, or near end at least.
I believe Manziel will be a good NFL QB, but my bigger concern is for Cleveland. Once Manziel’s rookie contract is up don’t be surprised to see Johnny Football pull a “LeBron” and go somewhere else. It would be sad to see in one sense — and pretty hilarious to see in another — but it is very likely to happen.
Does a guy like Johnny Manziel really want to play in a place like Cleveland? I mean if the team is doing well and winning the division he might stick around, but if the Browns remain the joke that they have been for years don’t be shocked to see Manziel pack his bags.
Granted, this is all down the road, but Cleveland fans have to be expecting it. But for the time being they really should enjoy watching Manziel in brown and orange, I have a feeling it will be fun to watch.
Tyler Rollason is a Winder-Barrow High School graduate and mass communications major at the University of West Georgia. He writes a weekly sports column for the Barrow Journal. You can e-mail comments about this column to firstname.lastname@example.org.