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7 Reasons Cleveland Browns Fans Are Very Excited About Johnny Manziel

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A fan reacts as Johnny Manziel of the Texas A&M Aggies is picked #22 overall by the Cleveland Browns during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on May 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) | Elsa via Getty Images

Forgive Cleveland Browns fans if they don't feel too badly about Johnny Manziel's wait to hear his name called during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. They've been waiting much longer.

While Manziel's wait in the green room at Radio City Music Hall lasted less than three hours, fans in Cleveland have been waiting more than a decade for the team to draft a franchise quarterback. Ever since the Browns franchise returned to the NFL ahead of the 1999 season, the team has been looking for a dynamic and dependable player to lead the offense. They were still looking when the Green Bay Packers made the 21st selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.

At that point, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the words that many in Cuyahoga County were longing to hear: "With the 22nd pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select Johnny Manziel, quarterback Texas A&M."

Beginning with the first overall selection in the 1999 NFL Draft, the Browns had drafted seven quarterbacks before Manziel. After those seven quarterbacks muddled through stints in Cleveland that ranged from disastrous to anonymous, each became a reason that fans can't wait for Johnny Football.

  • 7
    Brandon Weeden
    AP
    2012 NFL Draft: 22nd pick, first round
  • 6
    Colt McCoy
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    2010 NFL Draft: 85th pick, third round
  • 5
    Brady Quinn
    AP
    2007 NFL Draft: 22nd pick, first round
  • 4
    Charlie Frye
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    2005 NFL Draft: 67th pick, third round
  • 3
    Luke McCown
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    2004 NFL Draft: 106th pick, fourth round
  • 2
    Spergon Wynn
    Getty Images
    2000 NFL Draft: 183rd pick, sixth round
  • 1
    Tim Couch
    AP
    1999 NFL Draft: 1st pick, first round

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