Johnny Manziel Selected By Cleveland Browns After Trade
With the 22nd overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns selected Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
How Sports Talk Florida sees the pick...
Johnny Football...it's a name that, for the last two years, has been synonymous?with college football, and more specifically,?an array of mind-boggling Sports Center highlights characterized by an unconventional, backyard style.
In 2012 as a redshirt freshman, Manziel came out of nowhere to win the Heisman Trophy, leading the Aggies to signature wins over Alabama, Auburn, Missouri,?and a 41-13 beat-down of Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl. That season, he went 295-for-434 for 3,706 passing yards, 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions, with 1,410 rushing yards and 21 rushing touchdowns.
The following season, with less of a supporting cast,?Manziel played even better, going 300-for-429 for 4,114 passing yards, 37 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He tacked on 759 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on the ground. He capped off his college career with a dazzling 52-48 comeback win?in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl over Duke.
In 25 career starts for the?Aggies,?Manziel went 19-6. He did draw some concerns off-the-field with an autograph scandal that forced him to miss the first half of a game against Rice. His off-the-field antics, specifically partying and hanging out with various celebrities, have been heavily-scrutinized and well-documented on social media. For the record though, Manziel spent nearly four months away from Twitter as he prepared for the draft.
At 5-foot-11 3/4 and 207 pounds, there are concerns about his small size and durability, particularly with his reckless style of play outside the pocket. There are also concerns about how he'd handle a pro-style offense after much of his college success came on plays that were unscripted.?Given the right system and some flexibility from his offensive coordinator, Manziel will bring an instant spark.