Cowboys QB: Pass The Keys to Johnny Manziel

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Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A

“Johnny Football” as they call him (a trademark of his), stands at six-foot-one. He turns 22 in December.

Over two seasons at Texas A&M, Manziel has delivered incredible stat sheets — the 2012 Heisman winner threw for 7,820 yards and 63 touchdowns. He averaged a 68.9 completion percentage over those two years.

Like Romo, Manziel has a propensity to extend plays with his feet. Over the past two seasons he ran for 2,169 yards along with 30 rushing scores. He averaged 6.3 yards per carry.

In addition to showing fast feet, the 21-year-old has displayed a strong-arm and accuracy on his throws down the field. When called for, the quarterback has proven to stay clam and collected in the pocket — despite having feet as a weapon.

Draft Johnny Manziel. Draft the dual-threat.

Of course, drafting Manziel would mean taking in a high-profile, polarizing figure. But if Dez Bryant was considered a gamble, consider it a success.

There is no reason the Cowboys couldn’t handle him with the likes of Jason Garrett, Wade Wilson, and Tony Romo watching over him.

Laugh if you’d like, but add Dez Bryant as a mentor too. The two, perhaps, could develop into a Troy Aikman to Michael Irvin connection. Who knows?

But if the Dallas Cowboys fail to tailor a quarterback in the near future, the general manager and fans will continue to chase shadows of old success.

Or, at the very least, they’ll continue standing outside waiting for lightning to strike twice.

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  • Rob from SC

    I will cease to be a fan after 35+ years if they draft Manziel, end of story, period.

    • NYCowboysFan

      He’s not the RKG. We don’t need the drama anymore.

  • SmartThinking

    Jones is facing troubling choices with the Cap right now. How will he ever restructure Romo and buy Manziel without gutting the team of all it’s other good players with inflated salaries and sacrificing this team’s future for decades rather than years.

    If Manziel and his monumental ego-in-the-making comes on board, Jones will have achieved his dream of creating a true Texas Circus Maximus!

  • Krupinsky

    The Cowboys have a lot of holes, and to draft Manziel, it would cost a lot of picks (including possible future first rounders) to move into a position where it is possible. In the best case scenario, Manziel wouldn’t even be asked to contribute for 2-3 years. So, that’s giving up a LOT to get a guy who hopefully doesn’t have to see the field for a few years. It’s basically giving up and starting over again.

    • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

      You are right about the fact they would have to give up and start over again. However, that’s exactly what they need to do unless this team wants to continue its state of mediocrity.

  • Old Frog

    If Washington had it to do over again, would they stick with RGIII or draft Andrew Luck? Mobile quarterbacks are fun to watch but they get hurt. Ultimately Newton and Kaepernick will spend some time on IR. I’d let some other team take that risk…unless the GM is more interested in ratings and putting on an exciting show than long term success, in which case go get ‘im….

    • Krupinsky

      Well, in their defense, Washington never had that choice, because Luck was already off the board. I think most, if not all, teams would have taken Luck over RGIII.

      I actually think Manziel will be a very good NFL QB. He just isn’t right for Dallas at this point. It would cost too much to get him and there are too many other holes. He’s more Russell Wilson than Michael Vick, to me. A ugh who can run, but would rather pass.

      I also think a guy like Newton, who is tall and thick, is much more like Big Ben than RGIII. The guys who only run when they have to are much more successful than the guys who take off and run when their first read isn’t there.

      • Old Frog

        Maybe I’m wrong but I thought Washington was saying before the draft that they wanted RGIII but would be happy with Luck if the Colts took RGIII first.

  • n0ble

    I say Guiton in the 7th and leave Manziel to the people who will reach for him.

  • Brian

    Or, trade Romo to any of the QB needy teams in the top 5, (any that would actually make the trade) for their 1st round pick & then take Manziel. That is the only way I see getting him as possible

  • Kyle Norman CSCS, MS

    Is Manziel the best QB in the draft? I know he’s the most interesting, but how do his numbers compare to Bridgewater, Bortles, or any others? Is Manziel the next Tim Tebow? I don’t know anything about anything, I’m just wondering….

    What I can envision, is that the quest for the next Cowboys QB turns into Jerry Jones’s most god-awful shameful debacle ever. I can imagine an Exxon Valdez-sized spill of money and draft picks going to obtain what will become a dismal, embarrassing failure. Simply that it’s Jerry in charge of this theoretical project fills me with a sense of doom.