It was going to happen soon enough. Less than 24 hours after the Cleveland Browns traded up to select Johnny Manziel in the first round of the NFL draft and already analysts are comparing Manziel to LeBron James.
ESPN analyst Skip Bayless took to twitter today to once again put on record his admiration for the now former Texas A&M quarterback: "Johnny Football will one day be bigger in Cleveland than his buddy LeBron ever was."
It seems a little early to compare Johnny Manziel to a superstar who dragged a sorry Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals in 2007. However, if the reaction of Browns fans to Manziel's selection is anything to go by, he could be adored to the level that James was.
It has been widely reported that Manziel is friends with LeBron James as well as a number of celebrities from the world of entertainment such as Drake.
With that in mind, Cleveland seems like a small market for the soon to be global icon of 'Johnny Football'. It had been rumored that the Dallas Cowboys were lining up to select Manziel with the 16th pick in the draft but instead he fell to Cleveland at 22.
Browns fans will be hoping that Manziel does not follow in James' footsteps and desert Cleveland for a bigger market when he becomes a household name.
If Bayless is right, that may happen sooner than anyone else quite expects.