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2014 NFL Draft: Quick hits with Johnny Manziel, Justin Gilbert from news conference

By Ryan Lewis Published: May 9, 2014
Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, right, from Texas A&M, watches cornerback Justin Gilbert during their introductory news conference at the NFL football team's facility in Berea, Ohio Friday, May 9, 2014. The Browns selected Gilbert with the eighth pick and Manziel with the 22nd pick in the first round of Thursday night's draft.

First-round picks Johnny Manziel and Justin Gilbert held their introductory news conference with Cleveland media today at the Browns' headquarters in Berea. 

Here are some quick highlights on what was said: 

Manziel on his game, going to the NFL: "I'm continuing to get better as a football player. I didn't go into this process thinking I had it all figured out. ... I know I need to put in an immense amount of time to be as good as I want to be."

Manziel on huge expectations: "I'm used to that." 

Gilbert: said he wants to learn from the "older guys" in the secondary and pointed to cornerback Joe Haden as an obvious good source. 

Manziel said his main goal right now is to work as hard as possible, and that he's aware of the learning curve he has to overcome. 

Manziel's response to quarterback Brian Hoyer saying "Bring him on" — "I wouldn't expect anything less." 

Gilbert said he would compare his game to Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, a top-5 cornerback in the NFL who also has talents as a kick returner. 

Manziel said he doesn't think he can lure LeBron James back to Cleveland. 

On the cold weather, Manziel said his big hands will allow him to control the ball. 

Said Manziel on his size, "You can measure height, but you can't measure heart." 

Manziel said he has watched a lot of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson. 

Gilbert was asked if he followed Manziel in college: "Who didn't follow him?"

Manziel was seen with a bottle of champagne last night. It was brought up in the presser. His response, while smiling, "I'm 21 years old." 

Manziel on social media: "It can be a great thing and a negative thing. And I lived that." 


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