However, Browns fans don't seem to be worried about a repeat of history, as many celebrated Manziel's selection like the team had just won the Super Bowl, hurrying to tweet their excitement.

Speaking of Browns fans, they sure have been through a lot in recent years, as the team has seen one failing quarterback after another and hasn't competed for a playoff spot since 2007. But according to FOX Sports Ohio's Zac Jackson, Manziel represents hope in blue-collar Cleveland, where football is boss.



"I think he'll be received well," Pettine said. "I think (his new teammates) will see a guy that will come in and go to work. I don't think he's walking in the building with an entourage. He's walking as a teammate."

Pettine said the Browns asked everyone they could at Texas A&M about the real Johnny, the guy who became the first freshman to ever win the Heisman and then lived with his every move being scrutinized -- much of it brought on by himself -- as he played his sophomore season after a summer of jet-setting and signing autographs and bailing on the Manning Passing Academy.

"Once he's inside a locker room, he's one of the most well-liked guys on the team," Pettine said.

Manziel now must back up the hype around him, and he says he's "excited" by Cleveland's fans and their passion.

"The team obviously wants to win and wants to win now," Manziel said on a conference call. "I've been a winner everywhere I've been. I'm ready to work extremely hard."

Indeed, in the end, Manziel won the Draft. According to Deadspin, ESPN said Manziel's name more than the top five picks combined.

— The Associated Press contributed to this story.