Johnny Manziel, Drake and Odell Beckham Jr. Celebrate After the NFL Draft

Dan Carson@@DrCarson73Trending Lead WriterMay 9, 2014


After a long night of waiting during the 2014 NFL draft, Johnny Manziel finally clambered onstage to shake hands with commissioner Roger Goodell.

The projected first-round draft pick was passed on by the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns and Dallas Cowboys, among others, in the first 16 picks. Fortunately for Manziel, the Browns circled back and traded up to take the Texas A&M quarterback with the 22nd pick of the draft. 

So what’s a guy like Johnny Football to do after several long hours of hand-wringing and vigorous hydration in the green room? Hit up Drake and crack out the Ace of Spades, of course. 

In fitting fashion, Manziel and Drake headed out to the New York club scene with a number of Thursday night’s draftees.

Along for the ride were Odell Beckham Jr. and Manziel’s rangy target from Texas A&M, Mike Evans. Beckham, who went to the New York Giants with the 12th overall pick, seemed ready to roll. We’ll presume Evans (who is 20 years old) passed on the bubbly.

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Beckham (aka Darnell Dockett Jr.) seems to be making himself at home in the Topszn regime.

Drake posted the requisite “we made it” photo to his Instagram with the caption, “To say we made it…ain’t saying enough.”

And thus begins another chapter of Johnny Football mania. We’ll see how Manziel fares in the NFL. “Undersized” as he is, the newly minted Cleveland Browns signal-caller comes into the league with more experience in handling pressure than any other athlete in his class.

Will he stay focused on the playbook? We’ll see. Judging by the lack of party-centric tweets from Manziel following last night’s emotional roller coaster, he appears to be learning to keep his after-hours activities on a lower key than in years past.

Then again, a video of Manziel egging cars with John McEnroe in Times Square could surface later today and no one would blink an eye. That’s part of the gamble with Johnny Football, but it’s a risk Cleveland is willing to take.


Patrons receive one complementary Drake with every Ace of Spades bottle.