The first round of the 2014 NFL draft is complete and the name talked about most, Johnny Manziel finally was chosen. On Thursday, prior to the draft, odds makers had the former Texas A&M standout quarterback going anywhere from second to 1oth.
As it turns out, Manziel was selected much further down the line than that, but nonetheless chosen during the first round.
The Cleveland Browns chose Manziel with the No. 22 pick overall. The Browns are hoping Manziel is the franchise quarterback they have waited years to sign.
Manziel was forced to wait patiently at Radio City Music Hall until his name was finally called close to three hours after the draft had started.
The Browns made two trades earlier in the first round and made a third with the Philadelphia Eagles to select Manziel at No. 22.
Back in Cleveland, certain Browns supporters celebrated the selection of Manziel. Of course, Cleveland has not won a title in 50 years and many are hoping that Manziel can help make that happen again.
Manziel said he has been a winner wherever he has played, but that is just high school and college. Now the real test will come, if he can back up all the hype that surrounds him with his 6-foot frame.
His lack of size scared some team away, but he as do others, believes his skills at playmaking can translate to the NFL.
Manziel said he is used to hearing things about his size saying he has been scrutinized, but has been able to play at a level few have.
Manziel will battle with Brian Hoyer the starting quarterback for the No. 1 spot on the offense. Hoyer had a promising season cut short last year after suffering a knee injury.
Cleveland according to data taken from Bovada, topbet, betonline and sportsbook.com has only reached the postseason once in the past 15 season. Over their last six seasons, the Browns have last 11 games or more each season.
Cleveland has had three coaches in three seasons, but this season the club has five players who are potential Pro-Bowlers.
With the addition of Manziel, the spotlight will be focused directly on Cleveland from the start of preseason.
The Browns have not had much luck at drafting quarterbacks of late. In 2007, they drafted Brady Quinn at No. 22, two years ago, they drafted Brandon Weeden, and he was released this past March.
One thing is certain, Manziel will help the ticket sales at Cleveland but time will tell if he can produce wins from all the hype.
All winter, the Browns did studies on the different quarterbacks available in the draft. With five picks out of the first 83, the Browns knew their chances of landing a top quarterback were high.
Most thought they had decided on Teddy Bridgewater from the Louisville Cardinals. However, they opted for Manziel and will see this fall if the choice was the best one for them.