The Browns trade up to No. 22, select Johnny Manziel

With the 22nd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Browns selected Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Many had speculated that Cleveland would be the landing spot for Johnny Football, but it was far from a direct path. While they made a couple of moves their first of two first-rounders, they used their second first-rounder to move up in a trade with the Eagles.

It has been a long time since the Browns have had a franchise quarterback. Since the franchise returned to Cleveland in 1999, the Browns have had a league-leading (or really a league-worst) 20 starting quarterbacks. Before an ACL injury sidelined him last season, Brian Hoyer played well last year.

Coincidentally, Manziel is the third quarterback drafted with the 22nd overall pick by the Browns since 2007: Brady Quinn (2007), Brandon Weeden (2012) and Manziel (2014).

One of the most exciting and improvisational players in college football, Manziel, the first-ever freshman Heisman Trophy winner (in 2012), threw for 3,732 yards, 33 touchdowns and 13 interceptions and ran for another 686 yards and eight touchdowns in 2013.

With the ability to avoid pressure and make plays on the run, Manziel also improved quite a bit as a passer from the pocket in 2013. In addition, Alabama coach Nick Saban called him one of the most competitive players he has ever faced. That said, Manziel will need to learn (a la Russell Wilson) to better avoid hits instead of seeking that extra yard or two.

The Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has had success with mobile quarterbacks and Manziel has a couple of talented young weapons in Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron.





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