Manziel sent text message to Browns during draft, 'hurry up and draft me'

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By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns' quarterbacks coach says the team received a text from Johnny Manziel during last week's draft urging them to select him.

Cleveland passed on the Texas A&M quarterback earlier in the first round but selected him with their second pick.

During a radio interview on ESPN Arkansas, Browns quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains says Manziel sent him a text that read: "Hurry up and draft me because I want to wreck this league together."

Loggains says he forwarded the text to first-year Browns coach Mike Pettine and owner Jimmy Haslam, who said, "'Pull the trigger. We're trading up to go get this guy.'"

The Browns made their third trade of the first round and moved to No. 22 to nab Manziel. He joins Cleveland's other draft picks and rookie free agents at minicamp this weekend.

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