Browns QB coach Dowell Loggains appeared on ESPN Radio Arkansas yesterday, and revealed that Johnny Manziel was the top quarterback on Cleveland's draft board, and that the Browns had tried to make trades with Tennessee at No. 11 and Dallas at No. 16 to move up and grab him. But Loggains also shed some light on his interaction with Manziel as the QB sat impatiently in the green room:
"We're sitting there and they keep showing Johnny on TV and Johnny and I are texting, and he shoots me a text and he says, 'I wish you guys would come get me. Hurry up and draft me because I want to be there. I want to wreck this league together.
"When I got that text, I forwarded it to the owner and to the head coach. 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.'"
I get that this is supposed to paint Manziel as a take-charge kind of guy who specifically wanted to go to Cleveland. But between this story and the one about Jimmy Haslam consulting a homeless man, the Browns' war room comes across as one that was making shit up as it went along.
[via L.A. Times]