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

Johnny Manziel a Cowboy? Think Again

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

In the wake of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel announcing his entry into the NFL Draft, Cries were heard far and wide for the Dallas Cowboys to do whatever it takes to get the standout college player. I’m here to tell you why that would be one of the worst draft mistakes the Cowboys could make, and why it’s not totally out of the realm of possibility.

Let’s start off with the projections. According to ESPN, Manziel is slated as the No. 12 player on Mel Kiper Jr.’s Big Board, and Scouts Inc. ranks him as the 18th-best player in the NFL draft. Dallas will have a middle-of-the-order pick that will completely put them out of the running for Johnny Football. In order to get the quarterback they’ll have to package another pick or two to get up high enough to nab Manziel. Not to mention Houston (pick 1), Jacksonville (pick 3), Cleveland (pick 4) and Oakland (pick 5) are all in the market for a quarterback. The odds are not good to be able to get up in the top-5, where Manziel will most likely go.

Think of all the needs the Cowboys have? Does it make sense to go after a player, like Manziel, who is going to rob picks from Dallas? The needs along the defensive line and in the secondary are far too many to be losing out on high-round picks. The Cowboys went up to get Morris Claiborne two years ago, and it has yet to produce much fruit.

Then there’s the debate as to whether or not Manziel will succeed in the NFL. There’s no doubt he can throw the ball all over the field, but he relies on his mobility and scrambling ability quite a bit. He may have been able to run around and outrun defensive players at the college level, but in the NFL, linebackers run as fast as most defensive backs in the NCAA – and they’re so much bigger. Manziel has suffered his share of injuries in college, and if he’s determined to be a scrambler in the NFL, he won’t have much of a shelf life. Considering how much Tony Romo has been missed with a roster as top-heavy as Dallas’ it would be absolutely insane to bank on a quarterback that loves to run and has some history of injuries.

The sad thing is owner and general manager Jerry Jones loves the bright, shiny item. He’s a business man, and what sells best in Texas? Home-grown commodities. Considering Manziel is coming from Texas A&M, he’s a polarizing character and he’s a player that should be unattainable to Jones, I can see him making a run for Johnny Football.

And the Cowboys will be set back another five years…

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  • Chesney Blair

    I think if the price is right or if Manziel is there when the Cowboys make a pick it is a minor gamble worth taking. The notion that this team will be set back 5 years because they draft a qb a position which is a high yield low risk with the new cba in place is ridiculous. Why is it so risky to find a replacement for QB who has had two back surgeries in the last eight months, who is 34 and who lets face it just can’t get it done. Why do we have stay so committed to one player? Do you think by trading a third(hypothetically) and missing out on one dt and another potential back-up is going to vastly improve this team and get it over the .500 mark? Do you really see this team making a run of it next year with Jason Garett, Tony Romo at qb(not clear how many games he will start) and a defense that will take couple of years to improve anyways? Cut the dead weight players like Ware, Hatcher, Spencer, Austin, find a replacement for the most important position of the team, get rid off Kiffiin, Garett and the rest of the coaching staff and start over. You act like teams that have invested in qb has been burnt so badly. Carolina picked Jimmy Clausen and then Newton and look where they are now. Who is to say someone like Manziel will not succeed with the same team Romo had. Romo had enough off passes last year and looked to be in decline. If Orton can nearly get us a win, why not try someone else? It is baffling to me after watching Romo time and time come up short that we have to be so loyal to him? I think Romo had good years don’t get me wrong but I just believe it is time to look for an alternative and maybe even make him think twice about those poor decisions he makes as he has someone on his tail. I just would like to see how someone else might perform with this very team. Maybe they can do better, maybe not. It won’t hurt trying.

  • JTracker

    We wont get JManziel simply put cuz he will be out in the first 4-5 picks, period. So stop dreaming of a nice shiny piece addition to our war chest. We need pass rushers first and foremost.

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    Questions about whether or not the Cowboys will obtain Manziel are a waste of time. The price they would pay to obtain him would deny their chances for success in the short run. JJ’s history and way of thinking is to do the opposite. He constantly destroys any chance for future success by trying to build an immediate winner.

  • Chesney Blair

    We will see when he will be available in the draft. If he does fall down to us or if we don’t have to give up a ton of draft picks why is it so inconceivable to draft him? Matter of fact why is it so inconceivable to draft any qb? Be it in the first or fifth round? What is this obsession of this blind loyalty that Jones and some of the Cowboys fans exhibit on behalf of Romo(not you personally)? For a position that is so vital to a team’s success it is ridiculous to say drafting a qb will set us back five years, when the quarterback we have is aging, and has not really got us anywhere for years. Even the Patriots select quarterbacks to develop in the draft. What is the harm in drafting one and seeing how it goes? You still have Romo under contract guaranteed for the next couple of years.

  • Tom

    Not even JJ would fall for this one would he?. Lets do something about the Defense if we have any money left under Salary Cap. I think we will have a very difficult time keeping the Vets we need as is.

    • Chesney Blair

      JJ is too stupid make such a move. He wouldn’t have the necessary intelligence. He has given a 33 year old quarterback guarantee three year contract, when he could’ve tagged him and continues to ignore a glaring need for the Cowboys. He should’ve drafted a qb two years ago when McGee wasn’t working out.