This year, it was Johnny Manziel, a player so well-known from his college days that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones referred to him as “Elvis Presley.” Manziel stayed cool on television, but what was he really thinking?
The Rams passing on him hurt. Because now he thought he’d be in for a free-fall. He turned to [agent Eric] Burkhardt, and sort of out of the side of his mouth, said this:
“E.B., we’re screwed.”
Manziel said he had a good visit with the Rams, and considering Sam Bradford’s unclear future, Manziel could have made sense. Instead, the Rams took Aaron Donald. Manziel was finally taken by the Browns with the 22nd pick.
With the Browns, Manziel will have to face a whole different sort of pressure than he did in the green room. He is joining a team which already has a quarterback who showed he can do great things before going down with an ACL tear.
Brian Hoyer and Manziel are in an instant quarterback competition, and they will most likely figure out how to win the starting job without the services of Josh Gordon. The league’s top receiver is expected to miss most, if not all of the 2014 season because of a suspension.
If he thought he was screwed during the draft, what were his thoughts after learning about Gordon?