Johnny Manziel, the polarizing Texas A&M Star and new Cleveland Browns quarterback, has been selected by the San Diego Padres with the 837th pick of the 2014 MLB Draft.
Manziel, a “shortstop” according to the Padres press release, has not played baseball since his junior year of high school, but that’s not for a want of talent. The player now known as Johnny Football was actually offered a scholarship by Oregon to play both baseball and football, although ultimately chose the Aggie’s offer instead.
This is not actually the first time the Padres have drafted a well known college quarterback who didn’t play NCAA baseball. Two years ago, San Diego selected Toledo quarterback Terrance Owens. To the surprise of many, Owens actually went on to sign with the team. Considering he was not selected by an NFL team after his senior year at Toledo, he could now pursue a career in baseball.
Maybe if this whole football thing doesn’t work out, Manziel could do the same.