Johnny Manziel has barely been in the NFL a week and his legend is continuing to grow. During the draft, he was becoming that guy who slides further than expected who the camera becomes fixated on. It happens every year.
As the draft got into the 20s, Manziel was growing tired of sitting around so he picked up his phone and sent a text message to Browns QB coach Dowell Loggains imploring them to draft him. So they did.
In a radio interview on Thursday, Loggains acknowledges that text is the reason why the Browns traded up to select Manziel, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
Browns quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains said in a radio interview Thursday, that a text from Johnny Manziel during the draft helped inspire owner Jimmy Haslam to trade up for him.
“We’re sitting there and they keep showing Johnny on T.V. and Johnny and I are texting and he shoots me a text and he says, ‘I wish you guys would come get me. Hurry up and draft me because I want to be there. I want to wreck this league together.’
“When I got that text, I forwarded it to the owner and to the head coach (Mike Pettine),” Loggains said Thursday on Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly on Arkansas ESPN. “I’m like ‘this guy wants to be here. He wants to be part of it.’ As soon as that happened, Mr. Haslam said, ‘pull the trigger. We’re trading up to go get this guy.”’
The next thing you know, the Browns traded up from 26 to 22. Manziel may be a lot of things, but powerless isn’t one of them. But did he truly want to go to Cleveland, or was he simply tired of being “that guy” who continues to slide?