The Cleveland Browns got Johnny Manziel. They traded up to 22 to get him with the Philadelphia Eagles to select him, beating out the Minnesota Vikings who were also trying to get up and get Manziel, the #1 QB on their board. There were 2 non-Browns related moves that greatly impacted the pick. Two moves that if they weren’t made may not of allowed the Browns to trade up to #22 to get him because the Eagles would of made the pick. Then the Browns would of had to worry about another team selecting him, or making a trade with another team.
The New Orleans Saints trade up to #20 to get Brandin Cooks. Cooks was a player that seemed to be a perfect speed scheme fit for Chip Kelly and the Eagles. The Saints obviously had him high on their board as well and were probably worried about the Eagles taking him, so they made their move up. Cooks would of been 1 of 2 players that the Eagles would not of moved out of #22 for. The Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals could of looked to add Manziel or made a trade with a front office they are friendly with that could of hurt the Browns. The pick right before #22 also had a huge impact.
The Green Bay Packers selected Ha Ha Clinton-Dix with the #21 pick. Once Cooks was off the board Dix was the next logical target for the Eagles, and a player they would of stayed at 22 to select. The Eagles have a need in the secondary, one that the Alabama vet would of addressed: the QB of the defense. Ian Rapoport also noted the same on Twitter this morning:
So without the Saints and Packers quite a few things could of happened. Someone else could of drafted Manziel, either at their pick or through a trade up, the Browns could of waited to #26, saved a 3rd rounder, and Manziel still be there or if he still was there they could of made a trade with the Vikings to move down more and accumulate more picks and select Teddy Bridgewater.
All in all Browns fans should be happy that the team front office was aggressive in getting the players they wanted. Whether fans like Manziel and Justin Gilbert the front office obviously did. They made moves to get what they wanted. Thankfully the Move and Pick above happened or who knows what the narrative would be today.
Yet the selection of Manziel and Gilbert, plus the extra first next year continues moving us towards our new motto here at Factory of Sadness. “Changing the Narrative: A Factory of Sadness for those who oppose Cleveland”