This story right here is absolutely the reason Johnny Manziel is so beloved by football fans across this nation. Manziel struggles to put on a poker face, so whatever he’s feeling will be on camera for all to say.
Manziel for the most part handled falling all the way to the 22nd selection pretty well. With ESPN and NFL Network camera’s on him all night, Manziel calmly sipped on ice water.
In his latest “Monday Morning Quarterback,” Peter King details an amazing interaction between Manziel and his agent, Erik Burkhardt.
“With the 13th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft,” Goodell says, “the St. Louis Rams select Aaron Donald, defensive tackle, Pittsburgh.”
Manziel does not like to let people see him sweat. He knew his every move on this night would be scrutinized closely. But the Rams passing on him hurt. Because now he thought he’d be in for a free-fall. He turned to Burkhardt, and sort of out of the side of his mouth, said this:
“E.B., we’re screwed.”
I asked him about this over the phone Saturday night, when he was back home in Texas for 24 hours of relaxation. “I did tell Erik that,” he said. “I felt that way, because there was so much uncertainty after that. I felt really good about St. Louis. My workout with them was great. They spent a lot of time getting to know me and researching me, and I did well when they put me on the board with coach [offensive coordinator Brian] Schottenheimer. So yes, I have to admit, I was a little surprised there when they passed on me.”
That moment was Manziel’s improvisation skills coming to the rescue like they had so many Saturday’s before. Manziel shook off being passed up by all those teams, and is now in a situation where he can become a legend in Cleveland if he can simply return the franchise past success.