It really takes a lot to make Johnny Manziel into a sympathetic figure. But it was hard not to feel a little bad for him during the NFL draft.
Manziel was picked apart by draft analysts, media members and fans prior to Thursday. Many based their negative opinions on Manziel’s erratic style of play, while others are not a fan of his Hollywood style. When your nickname is Johnny Football and Drake is a close friend, it is easy to develop enemies.
However, many people piled on Manziel during the draft.
Manziel was not among the top 20 picks on Thursday, and as he fell, the NFL Network and ESPN focused their cameras on him every few minutes. As if that was not bad enough, the NFL’s official Twitter account piled on Manziel before Cleveland used the No. 22 overall pick on the quarterback:
So the NFL flies Manziel to New York, markets him for its events, but turns around and makes fun of him? As if Manziel needed another reason to have a chip on his shoulder.
Oh, there were others who piled on Manziel:
Johnny Manziel about to pull a Kanye and snag the Mic and call his own name.— Thad Castle (@BMS_ThadCastle) May 9, 2014
We won't draft Johnny football.— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) May 9, 2014
Talk about a rough night for Manziel.
It began as Manziel saw the Jacksonville Jaguars select University of Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles with the No. 3 overall pick. Many NFL observers believed there was a chance Cleveland would select Manziel at No. 4, but the Browns traded that pick to Buffalo.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones previously praised Manziel, but his team selected offensive tackle Zack Martin instead. Manziel's wait continued until Cleveland traded up to select the controversial quarterback.
Manziel brings a lot of criticism on himself, but this was one of those rare moments when it was easier to have more compassion than condemnation.
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