There may be no more polarizing prospect available in the 2014 NFL Draft than former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. If you listen to the waves of chatter, people are saying that “Johnny Football” could fall to a number of teams. He may go first overall, he may fall out of the first round altogether.
With the draft now mere hours away, one former first overall pick (albeit in a different sport) hopes that Manziel is the top selection. On Wednesday, NBA superstar LeBron James offered support for his buddy Johnny Manziel.
"Being a huge supporter and friend of Johnny, I want him to go No. 1," said James. "Wherever he lands, he's going to be a heck of a football player for that franchise."
One destination that a lot of people are tying to Manziel is the Cleveland Browns (who hold the fourth overall selection). The Browns need a quarterback. Perhaps more importantly, the Browns need a to make a splash to reinvigorate their fanbase. Manziel would fit both bills.
Having been selected by the Cavaliers in 2003 and playing the first seven years of his career with the franchise, James knows a thing or two about Cleveland. In fact, James was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. So how would LeBron feel if Manziel headed to his old stomping grounds?
Whitner, a longtime friend of James, signed with the Browns earlier this offseason. Is there a chance that both Manziel and James will be joining him in Cleveland?
James can opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat after this season. If he chose to become a free agent, could a reunion with the Cavs be in the cards? It’s been almost four years since he spurned his hometown team and took his talents to South Beach in his infamous “Decision.” Perhaps time heals all wounds. Amongst others, Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal does not believe a reunion is out of the question.
"Inside the walls of Cleveland Clinic Courts there is a strong belief they (the Cavaliers) will be in the discussion this summer,” wrote Lloyd. “That maybe, just maybe, LeBron James will fly to Cleveland again and sit on their bench next season.”
Manziel and LeBron, united as the faces of Cleveland sports. It is an intriguing thought; but doesn’t every action start as nothing more than an idea? We will just have to wait and see if this one comes to fruition. Manziel may learn of his fate tonight. The fate of LeBron James will not be known until this summer, a fate that rests solely in his own hands.