The 6 Best Reactions to Manziel’s Place in the NFL Draft

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With the twenty-second pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns put an end to the first act of The Ballad of Johnny Manziel and drafted the controversial quarterback. Needless to say, the move was widely heralded by fans, pundits, and everyone following the draft — while some may claim in hindsight that Johnny Football’s freefall wasn’t so much a surprise as it was an accurate assessment of the quarterback’s abilities, rather than the hype that follows him around like a puppy follows its owner.

Regardless of the tone, no one walks away from a career that will at least rival the glory days of the last ESPN wunderkind, Tim Tebow, without an opinion. And, because they’re the Browns, the reaction was even more prone to gallows humor than you might expect. Cleveland fans are kindly referred to as tortured by most sports types, a reference to the fact that the city’s teams have a much closer association with failure and disappointment than victory and championships.

And, with that in mind, we’ve been scouring the Internet for the best responses to Manziel’s draft day — from the incessant repetition of his name with each subsequent pick (and the short lived hashtag phenomenon #BeforeManzielGetsDrafted) to the collective “ew” and tempered optimism when the Browns selected him.

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