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Johnny Manziel drafted after Browns owner consulted homeless man, ESPN reports

After an agonizing two-hour, 45-minute wait in the green room, Johnny Manziel is now a Cleveland Brown. And apparently he's got a homeless guy to thank for his new gig.

Manziel's fall through the ranks was one of the early stories of the draft, and once he was picked, ESPN cut to Sal Paolantonio in Cleveland with one heck of a strange story. According to Paolantonio, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam received guidance from an unlikely source.

"Here in Cleveland, everywhere I go, people know me," Haslam told Paolantonio. "I was out to dinner recently. A homeless person was out on the street. He looked up at me and said, 'Draft Manziel.'"

And that's all it took, apparently, to convince Haslam that Browns fans wanted Manziel. Cleveland!

Oh, and that wasn't all. The Browns' Twitter feed was a little too excited to announce Manziel:

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[Via Awful Announcing]

"22th." Ouch. This is going to be fun.


Jay Busbee is a contributor for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter.

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