2014: Johnny Manziel, QB, Cleveland Browns
One of biggest questions entering the 2014 NFL Draft was around which team would have the chutzpah to draft the reckless Johnny Manziel. Eventually, the Cleveland Browns (of all teams) decided to take on that risk, which backfired in their face. Manziel made more headlines off the field than on it, for his partying ways and numerous allegations for substance abuse issues. He never became a full-time starter for Cleveland and he went from “Johnny Football” to “Johnny Clipboard” — and then finally “Johnny Unemployed.” He lasted only two seasons in Cleveland, before they parted ways with him.
To date, no team has been ready to try and take on Manziel as a reclamation project. The Browns could’ve easily taken quarterback Derek Carr, one of the best young quarterbacks in the game right now, instead of Manziel. Other notable stars from that same draft? How about Allen Robinson, Jarvis Landry, and Devonta Freeman.