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Who saw it coming?
May 9, 2014 - Mike McLain
CLEVELAND -- No one could have seen Johnny Manziel go ng to Cleveland after the Browns passed on him with the eighth pick in the first round, yet it happened.
General manager Ray Farmer was aggressive in going after the Texas A&M quarterback. Knowing the Kansas City Chiefs might select Manziel at 23, Farmer traded up from 26 to 22 with the Philadelphia Eagles to land Manziel.
That one move instantly changed the landscape for the Browns for the 2015 season. Coach Mike Pettine remains steadfast in his beloef that rookie quarterbacks need to sit at first, but he might be pressed to play Manziel if Brian Hoyer struggles.
Manziel brings a new dynamic to the equation. His playmaking skills on college were off the charts. He won the Heisman Trophy as a redshirt freshman and had a better season in 2013. Unless Hoyer plays off the charts and wins begingto pile up, fans are sure to begin clamoring for "Johnnny Football."
Manziel expressed excitement about His opportunity in Cleveland when speaking on a conference call immediately after being selected.
"I've been a winner everywhere I've been," Manziel said. "Whatever the situation may be, I'm going to work extremely hard to put myself in the best position to continue that trend of being a winner."
Manziel will carry a chip on his shoulder. He said this week that he plans to make teams that passed on him regret their decisions.
"I've accomplished a dream of mine, being drafted in the first round," he said. "What a blessing; what an honor. At the same time, there are a lot of teams that did pass me up. Just like I think with anybody in this draft that a team didn't select them that they thought they might go to or thought that there was a possibility, you do grow a little bit of a chip. For me, just continue to try and get better and become a good football player."
It will be one interesting training camp in Berea.
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