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A Homeless Person Helped Seal The Johnny Football-To-Cleveland Deal, According To Sal Paolantonio

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New Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, right, with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. (Getty Images)

New Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, right, with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. (Getty Images)

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(CBS) There are many reasons to choose a player in the NFL Draft.

He’s the best available player. He best fills your biggest need. He’s a game-changing playmaker. He will help your franchise sell tickets. And perhaps most of all, your extensive prep work — months and months and months of it — tells you to choose said player.

Or you can listen to a homeless person. That apparently played a role in the Browns selecting Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with the 22nd overall pick in last night’s first round — at least according to ESPN reporter Sal Paolantonio.

Recounting a story told to him by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, Paolantonio said Haslam was out for dinner in the Cleveland area recently when a homeless person stopped Haslam and said, “Draft Manziel.”

“And that convinced (Haslam) that the Cleveland Browns fans wanted Manziel,” Paolantonio said.

You can’t make these things up.

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