This being Manziel, that sounds about right. In any event, Manziel was happy to join the Dawg Pound.
“This is a great day for me,” he said. “It’s something that I’ve thought about since I was a kid. You’re 12 years old, watching the NFL draft. I’ve always dreamed to be in that room and be on that stage one day. So my dream came true, and for me there’s no disappointment. You can call it a slide. I wouldn’t call it [that] at all. I was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft. For me, that blows my mind.”
Never mind that the Browns have drafted quarterbacks named Brady Quinn and Brandon Weeden with the 22nd pick in the past. Just to name two. There were reports that “Johnny Cleveland,” chanted by fans during his press conference, had been trademarked. (Not by the same guys who trademarked Bernie Cleveland, and Brady Cleveland and Tim Cleveland and LeBron Cleveland and …) It’s motivation for Manziel, who said all the right things Thursday night, even after the team embarrassingly announced that it had taken him with the “22th overall pick.”
“I believe [I will have a chip on my shoulder],” Manziel told reporters on a conference call. “What a blessing and an honor it is, but at the same time, a lot of teams passed me up, so it’s just like I think with anybody, you do grow a little bit of a chip, but you try to get better and become a good football player.”