Browns Drafting Of Johnny Manziel Was A Disaster, Involved A Homeless Man... But Remains Electric

As a Browns fans, you learn to enjoy and appreciate the little things, like when the season finally ends, the jerseys get tweaked or they sign an over-the-hill former-Pro Bowler. But nothing quite compares to the NFL Draft, this has become the Super Bowl for the Browns and no year, even taking into account selecting Myles Garrett and Baker Mayfield at number one overall, will ever be as crazy as the year they took Johnny Manziel.

Look at the reaction of the fans...

...the fucking local radio guys were CRYING...

Why not get excited? I was excited! The Browns were talked in a very positive light after the pick and there was an energy tough to deny with the team. They had the spotlight, it was positive, and a shiny new quarterback. What could go wrong?

EVERYTHING. Literally, everything.

This happened the very next fucking day…

The Browns couldn't even go 24 during the Draft with positive hype or vibes

Why did the Browns draft him? Well, owner Jimmy Haslam got some good advice from a homeless man…

"Here in Cleveland, every where I go people know me," Paolantonio reported Haslam said. "And I was out to dinner recently and a homeless person was out on the street, looked up at me and said 'Draft Manziel.'" (via CBS)

Fun! PFT actually made a comment about this on the NFL Network…

Also, don't forget this anecdote…

"We're sitting there and they keep showing Johnny on TV 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 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.'" (via SI)

…great draft strategy.

The Browns also continued a streak at landing terrible quarterback situations at the #22 slot of the first round in the NFL Draft. Manziel was after this…

…and Weeden after this…

The Browns finding a way to have a curse within a curse is truly sensational.

Manziel didn't even play for much of the next season because the Browns were… good?

They were 7-4, with Josh Gordon back for the final five games of the season after a big return against the Falcons. Shit, they were a blown game against the Ravens and a few duds against the Jaguars and Texans away from being on top of the fucking division and conference. Brian Hoyer was the quarterback and everything was going swimmingly… until it wasn't!

Manziel went into the Buffalo game and this happened…

It just got worse and worse after this and you know the rest.

The Browns fucking stink, that's the rest.

But we will always have this moment…