Report: Homeless man sold Haslam on Manziel

Johnny Manziel gestures on stage after being selected by Cleveland as the No. 22 overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft.

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Sometimes it’s divine intervention.

Sometimes it’s just a feeling.

And sometimes it’s the man on the street telling you to make the move. Like, a homeless man.

That’s what sold Browns owner Jimmy Haslam on drafting Johnny Manziel with the 22nd pick on Thursday, according to Sal Palantonio of ESPN.

Palantonio says Haslam told him, "Here in Cleveland, everywhere I go, people know me. And I was out to dinner recently. And a homeless person was out on the street, looked up at me and said, ‘Draft Manziel.’ Just like that."

And that, Palantonio says, convinced Haslam "that the Cleveland Browns’ fans wanted Manziel."

Whether or not this is the real reason behind the selection of Johnny Football, judging by the roar at Radio City Music Hall when Manziel was selected, Haslam has endeared himself to fans with this pick.

Johnny Manziel, the people’s quarterback in Cleveland.