There were plenty of stories to go around as we headed into the 2014 NFL Draft last weekend, from the first openly gay player entering the league, to whether the Houston Texans would make the first selection, and if they did would they take a new franchise quarterback or the genetic freak of a defensive end with that pick? (bleacherreport) With all the stories in this year’s incarnation of the draft, one of the most popular questions was what team would reach out and take a chance on the Texas A&M prospect, the athletically gifted, but very raw Johnny Manziel. (businessinsider) Manziel set the world on fire as a college quarterback, he showed a ton of promise but teams were nervous about his maturity level, his lack of size, and his penchant for getting into rather troublesome situations off the field, but everyone knew that someone would take a shot, it was just a matter of when it would happen. (nfl) With the 22nd pick in the draft the Cleveland Browns moved back down in the first round in order to select Manziel, hoping his talent can be wrangled enough to make him into the superstar quarterback the franchise hasn’t seen in ages, although he does have the dangerous omen of having been selected at the same spot as the last two “franchise quarterbacks” in Cleveland, Brady Quinn and Brandon Weeden. (sportsillustrated)
The biggest knock against Manziel has always been his lack of maturity and his incredible ego, that he has little to no humility, some of that could be based on his families considerable wealth, maybe he’s been afflicted with just a bit of Affluenza. (thesmokinggun) One story that came out at the draft was that Manziel took to his phone and started texting the coaches on staff with the Cleveland Browns telling them to “come and get him” and that they would “wreck this league” together, some would say this was a sign of his ego getting the best of him, although I actually think it’s more that his competitive side was making him antsy waiting to be selected. (huffingtonpost) The latest story about Manziel is that he’s actually shown some humility, in a recent interview he stated that’s he’s just another rookie and he needs to earn his spot just like anyone else, granted this could be more of a posturing to keep the media from killing him, but it’s still a great sign if the feelings are legitimate. (yahoo) While I’m not sold on Manziel as a true pro prospect, figuring his ego and small stature will ultimately do him in, it looks like he’s at least going to be an entertaining character to watch for the next few years.