March 4, 2024

Wow, what a crazy first round of drafting. The trades, dips and dives were enough to make any football fan go absolutely nuts. Our Browns were slated to select at the number four and twenty-six slots, but many moves were made by the front office. Amazingly, the Browns not only drafted fantastic players in CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State, at nine, and QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, at twenty four, but general manager Ray Farmer also managed to snag a first round pick from Buffalo for next year’s draft as well.

While Justin Gilbert solidifies the Browns secondary, it’s the Johnny Manziel pick that has Cleveland going wild. This undersized talent from Texas A&M dazzled us all with his play at the collegiate level. In two years, Manziel accumulated 30 touchdowns via the ground, and he also tossed 63 scores to wide receivers such as Mike Evans, drafted by Tampa Bay. A total of  7,820 passing yards, and 2,169 rushing yards is the icing on the cake to an amazing two year career at A&M.

The haters will continue to hate, but the Manziel pick brings the Browns back to “relevant franchise status,” meaning that people around the league will now be playing attention to Cleveland…finally!

There’s no denying that Johnny Cleveland definitely has his flaws. He’s undersized, his mechanics need work and his reads aren’t always spot on. However, it is my belief that Manziel will sit a year behind current starting quarterback Brian Hoyer.  He will learn the game from the sidelines, while continuing to mature and develop into an NFL quarterback. The backwards hat will suit Johnny just fine for a year, but knowing football it won’t be for that long…

Once Manziel finally takes the field, he’s going to put on a show. With Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron, Andrew Hawkins, Nate Burleson, Ben Tate and ______ wearing that orange helmet, there’s no question in my mind that Johnny is loaded with weapons to be a successful quarterback in this league.

Truly after just a single round, this NFL Draft has already been absolutely unreal. The Browns selection of Johnny Manziel is one that hopefully is looked at one of the greatest in Browns history.

The kid can play the game.

-Zach Shafron

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