So much for the owner of the Cleveland Browns, Jimmy Haslam III not sticking his nose into the 2014 NFL draft. He picked Johnny Manziel with the 22nd over-all pick in the draft, because of what a homeless man told him outside a Cleveland restaurant, after he was eating dinner one night.
The story goes, Haslam III left the dinning facility when a homeless man look up at him from the sidewalk and recognized who he was. The homeless man then said, “draft Manziel.” Haslam III said it was then when he realized, the Cleveland fans wanted Johnny Manziel as a member of the Cleveland Browns.
This is either the biggest line of bull I ever heard, or a poor attempt for Haslam III to cover up his true motives behind bringing the man they call Johnny Football to Cleveland. Hey, if you have followed Haslam since his arrival to Cleveland, you would know he is a master at covering things up.
The motive is to sell tickets. He doesn’t know a thing about football, but he does know a thing or two about marketing. To draft Manziel with the 22nd over-all pick in the draft is the kiss of death. The Brown have learned nothing from the teams past mistake.
The Cleveland Browns used the 22nd pick in the draft to take Brandon Weeden, who isn’t even in Cleveland anymore and Brady Quinn too.
This year, the Browns traded to use the 22nd pick to take Manziel. You have to wonder if the guy who owns this team is crazy. Why would you want to use the same pick to take Manziel? Better question, why would you want to bring this egotistical maniac to your team in the first place?
The honest answer would be to sell more tickets, not to win football games. Manziels tactics aren’t going to work in the NFL. Even Ray Lewis who was working for ESPN, talked about Manziel willingness to leave the pocket, and cautioned him about trying those moves in the AFC North.
This was a joke. Drafting this guy to play quarterback in the AFC North is something Haslam is going to be sorry for as soon as one of the line-backers or defensive line man break his new toy named Manziel.
All I can honestly say is, he we go again. UN-believable…..
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