NEW YORK - It took two hours and 42 minutes but Johnny Manziel finally got his named called in the first round. The Cleveland Browns used a 22nd pick from the Eagles to take Manziel.
"I told myself God had a plan for me and it would all workout," Manziel said. I really, truly believe that Cleveland was where I was supposed to end up. To be here, it feels right and it feels where I'm meant to be. I'm very excited. Dog pound, here we come."
Manziel appeared uneasy during the draft as pick after pick was made without his name being called. Finally the call came.
"It was great," Manziel said. "I heard from Mr. Farmer (Ray Farmer GM) and when I heard his voice, obviously a lot of emotion and a lot of feelings running through. I'm still pretty emotional right now. What a great feeling for me, my family, Texas A&M, everyone."
Manziel promised his new fans in Cleveland that Johnny football will come to play.
"A lot of heart and a lot of passion," Manziel said. "I think I bring a winning attitude and a lot of emotion to the table. I'm going to pour my heart out for this team and for this city and I believe it will all work out."
To get Manziel, Cleveland had to give up their 26th pick plus a third round pick at 83 to slide into the 22nd slot held by Philadelphia.
"I’m just going into work really hard and compete,' Manziel said. “Brian (Hoyer) obviously had a very good year last year until his injury, but we're teammates now. I'm going in to just trying to become as good as I can and continue to get better every day."
Manziel wasn't even the first quarterback taken. That was Blake Bortles from Central Florida who was taken by the Jaguars at number 3. Two other players from Texas A&M were taken in the first round before his turn finally came: Offensive tackle Jake Matthews at sixth overall by the Falcons, and wide receiver Mike Evans to the Buccaneers at no. 7 overall.