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…