Cleveland Browns select Johnny Manziel with 22nd pick
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Browns fans rejoice!
4. Cleveland (via trade with Buffalo): Sammy Watkins, WR Clemson, 6-1, 211. The Browns traded their No. 9 pick and their 2015 first and fourth round selections to get a explosive playmaking receiver for second-year QB EJ Manuel, last year’s first-round pick. Watkins was phenomenal as a freshman, dropped off a bit as a sophomore, then came on strong again last season with 101 catches for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns. He reeled in 16 catches in the Orange Bowl, helping lift Clemson over Ohio State.
8. Cleveland (via trade with Minnesota): Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 202. The Browns swap picks with the Vikings to grab the best shutdown corner on the board. Is Kevin Costner running Cleveland’s draft? Gilbert led the Big 12 with seven interceptions in 2013, returning two for touchdowns. In his college career, he returned seven kickoffs for touchdowns, one shy of the NCAA record held by Clemson’s C.J. Spiller (2006-09) and Houston’s Tyron Carrier (2008-11).
22. Cleveland (via trade with Philadelphia): Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M, 6-0, 207. The scenario works out beautifully for the Browns. Manziel, whom they considered at No. 4, tumbled all the way to them. The elusive and improvisational Manziel, the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, led the Aggies to a 20-6 record in replacing NFL-bound quarterback Ryan Tannehill, a first-round pick of the Miami Dolphins.
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tl;dr Cleveland did well. Really really well.