Johnny Manziel NFL Draft 2014: Grading Browns' 1st-Round Pick

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USA Today

Johnny Manziel was drafted 22nd overall by the Cleveland Browns in the 2014 NFL draft. Manziel is one of the most dynamic, controversial prospects in this draft, but the Browns decided he was worth the risk and the pick. 

Manziel has been a bona fide star almost from the instant he pulled on a helmet at Texas A&M. He won a Heisman Trophy in his redshirt freshman year and emerged as an elite playmaker last season in College Station. 

There's no denying Manziel's potential as a passer and playmaker. He's a fantastic athlete at quarterback, capable of delivering moments of absolute magic with his arm and legs. He has a strong arm and is incredibly tough to bring down, thanks to great agility and vision. 

However, as many would be quick to point out, Manziel has some warts. His accuracy can leave something to be desired, and he's not prototypically big for a quarterback, standing at 6'0". There are also some well-documented maturity concerns, which had some teams balking at taking the talented signal-caller.

Will Manziel blossom into the superstar he has the potential to become, or will he be the latest high-profile quarterback to bust in the pros? Watch as our draft experts discuss Manziel's ceiling, and what he brings to the league. 


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