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San Diego Padres draft Johnny Manziel in 28th round

Johnny Football is now Johnny Baseball, too.

The San Diego Padres picked Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel in the 28th round (837th overall) Saturday in the Major League Baseball draft. The Padres listed Manziel as a shortstop from Texas A&M though he never played baseball for the Aggies.

On May 8, the Cleveland Browns traded up from No. 26 overall to No. 22 so they could nab Manziel. He will compete with veteran Brian Hoyer this summer for the team's starting quarterback job.

According to ESPN Stats and Info, no player selected 837th in the June draft has ever played a major-league game.

Manziel's future is obviously in the NFL, but that didn't stop the Padres from joining other major-league teams that have drafted high-profile football players.

For example, last year the Texas Rangers became the most recent major-league team to pick Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson. The San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick, the Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick and the New England Patriots' Tom Brady are other NFL quarterbacks who have been chosen in the major-league draft.

Manziel displayed his excitement about joining the list by taking to Twitter.

"Big thank you to the (at)Padres and (at)padresmikedee for selecting me in the MLB draft," Manziel wrote. "What a great day!"

After the pick was made, Padres CEO and President Mike Dee tweeted a photo of Manziel and wrote, "Best athlete on the board ... (hashtag)JohnnyBaseball."

Manziel was scheduled to throw a ceremonial first pitch this past Wednesday before the Cleveland Indians hosted the Boston Red Sox, but his toss was canceled because of a rain delay. Still, Manziel explained his baseball background during his visit to Progressive Field.

"I played since I was 6 until I was 16," Manziel said. "I played until I was a junior (in high school), when I graduated early and went to Texas A&M. I was going to play in college but went to A&M instead for football. I played middle infield."

Apparently, that resume was enough for the Padres to pick Manziel less than a month after the Browns did the same.

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