Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) carries the ball for a three yard touchdown against the Duke Blue Devils in the 2013 Chick-fil-a Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Draft Grade: Cleveland Browns Select Johnny Manziel


The Cleveland Browns selected quarterback Johnny Manziel with the 22nd in the 2014 NFL draft.

Scheme Fit

Probably the most instinctive playmaker in the entire 2014 draft class.  Everybody knows about the hype of Johnny Football, but it’s so easy to forget he’s a really good player.  Johnny Manziel is extremely mobile, deceptively accurate and finds a way to create offense in situations where it might seem impossible.  He does play a little out of control, but as a sophomore in college that is expected.  From a leadership standpoint he is what the Browns have lacked at the most important position in football.

My Reaction

Maybe it’s the hype, but I love this pick.  The Cleveland Browns have been without a big name quarterback for too long and despite the questions surrounding Johnny Manziel, it’s a situation that works out for everybody.  The Browns get a top quarterback later than most projected him, and he goes to a franchise in need of a savior with a major chip on his shoulder.  If Cleveland can keep his improvising under control and teach how to be a better pocket passer, the talent is there for him to take the league by storm.

Grade:  A

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  • trinity

    I can’t fathom how you can give this pick an A. lol an A until he gets knocked out maybe, which is what’s going to happen with his style of play.

    • Erik Lambert

      Manziel is a playmaker, trinity. I get that you’re a critic, which is your right. However I feel if he can bring his play under control the talent is there for him to elevate that team to where it needs to go. Keep in mind he has the same exact dimensions and tendencies as Steve Young did in his early days. That turned out well.

      • trinity

        Actually, I see as more of a Michael Vick. The very best case scenario will be a guy who has a lot of exciting plays. But spends more time on the sidelines injured than he has in the playoffs. Of course, nobody really Knows at this point. He could end up as Steve young or he could end up as Tim Tebow. Time will tell.

        • Erik Lambert

          Absolutely. You just don’t know. All we can say for sure is he has the talent. Whether that matters depends on what he and that team do with it.

  • Josh Hart

    If he can learn to make plays from the pocket, not run around like a mad man, not throw balls up with a hope and prayer, and avoid contact, he could be ok.

    • Erik Lambert

      Let yourself breathe, Josh. Understand you got arguably the highest rated quarterback in the draft at #22. He’s the most instinctive in this class and he’s still so young. I see a lot of Steve Young in him from both a size and run-first perspectives. This was a good pick not just from a player standpoint but it’s just the shot in the arm a talented team needs to take that next step.

      • Josh Hart

        I desperately hope you’re right and is the QB this team has needed for decades. We’ll see soon enough I guess.

        • Erik Lambert

          Time will tell. It’s on Mike Pettine and Kyle Shanahan now.

  • Jim Cogar

    Manziel had a 73% completion rate from the pocket last year. That was tops for a BCS automatic qualifying team. He can & WILL make plays from the pocket. Josh, he doesn’t run around like a mad man. He’s always looking up field first & foremost while he’s scrambling for more time to pass. He will keep all three defensive coordinators in the AFC North up at night, trust me.