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Johnny Manziel taken in MLB draft but not by Cleveland

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When Johnny Manziel was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the latter stages of the first round of the NFL Draft back on May 8, you may have been forgiven for thinking that was the last time Johnny Manziel and draft would feature in the same headline.

Not so however, after the quarterback was selected by the San Diego Padres in the eight round of the MLB draft.

The 837th player taken over the weekend, it is unlikely that the former Texas A&M star will ever actually take to the field in Major League Baseball, but that didn't stop the Padres taking their slice of Manziel mania.

Johnny Football was a rising star of baseball prior to arriving at College Station where he concentrated solely on his football career, and was even listed as a shortstop for A&M despite never turning out for the school's baseball program.

Manziel was clearly happy to have been considered by the Padres as he sent out a tweet of thanks after the decision was made:

"Big thank you to the @Padres and @padresmikedee for selecting me in the mLB draft...What a great day!" wrote the Browns QB.

As mentioned, it is highly unlikely that Manziel will follow the likes of Bo Jackson in committing to a two-sport career but he has at least had some practice with the Padres prior to being drafted.

In May of this year Manziel took in some batting practice which will mostly be remembered for the fact that the rising football star let the bat slip out of his hands during his very first swing at Petco Park.

You have to feel for the guys taken after Manziel. To see a team take a chance on a guy who is all but certain never to feature in the league ahead of you has to be a bit of a blow.

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