Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Quarterback Johnny Manziel sent a text message to one of the Cleveland Browns coaches to take him as he slid down the draft board during last Thursday’s NFL Draft.
Quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains said in a radio interview that he received a text from Manziel that read: “I wish you guys would come get me. Hurry up and draft me because I want to wreck this league together.”
According to Loggains, that text message helped get the ball rolling toward the Browns picking the former Texas A&M star quarterback.
“When I got that text, I forwarded it to the owner (Jimmy Haslam) and to the head coach (Mike Pettine),” Loggains said.
“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,’ ” he added.
The Browns eventually traded up from No. 26 to No. 22, sending the Philadelphia Eagles a third-round pick as well to select the former Heisman Trophy winner.
Loggains said the Browns actually tried to move up to No. 11 with the Titans and No. 16 with the Cowboys in the draft.
“Mr. Haslam and Coach Pettine had called me down to the draft room a couple of times throughout the night, and we had almost made trades with Tennessee and Dallas and backed out,” he said.
Loggains also said in the interview that Haslam was very high on Manziel, who was the top quarterback on the team’s draft board.
“It was Manziel and then everybody else,” Loggains said.