(Berea) - Cleveland draft picks Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel visited Browns headquarters today, and addressed the local media for the first time.
Fans were waiting outside the team's HQ and Gilbert and Manziel rolled up in a white SUV.
Fans told Newsradio WTAM 1100 that they are very excited over the selection of Johnny Football, and believe he could be an impact player this season.
The Browns selected the former Texas A&M quarterback with the 22nd overall pick of the NFL Draft on Thursday night, moving up to nab college football's most exciting player who waited most of the first round to be selected.
The Browns made two earlier trades and passed on Manziel. With a chance to land him again, the Browns traded with Philadelphia and jumped from No. 26 to No. 22 to nab Johnny Football, who walked on Radio City Music Hall's stage doing his signature "money" gesture.
Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel at Browns Headquarters.
Manziel will certainly sell tickets in Cleveland, but the Browns need him to win and there are questions about the 5-foot-11 qb's durability.
Manziel is expected to compete with Brian Hoyer, who is coming off knee surgery.
The Cleveland Browns made two trades and then selected Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert at No. 8 in the draft.
With the first deal of the draft, the Browns moved down five spots and acquired Buffalo's No. 9 pick and first- and fourth-round picks next year.
Cleveland then swapped picks with Minnesota, acquiring a fifth-rounder before taking Gilbert, who can play on the opposite side of pro bowler Joe Haden.
The 6-foot, 202-pound Gilbert had seven interceptions last season, returning two for touchdowns.
Cleveland entered the most important draft in its expansion era with 10 picks, ample ammunition for new General Manager Ray Farmer to add talent and depth to a team that went 4-12 last season.
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