Would The Cowboys Trade Three First Round Picks For Johnny Manziel?

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Sept 15, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) breaks a tackle attempt by Southern Methodist Mustangs defensive tackle Aaron Davis (93) and rushes for a touchdown during the second quarter at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

It is no secret Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel would like to play for the Dallas Cowboys. In fact, Manziel might even claim he was born to do so. He shared as much with Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones when they meet for a few hours during a Dallas home game. Here’s what the former Heisman Trophy winner told Charean Williams of the Star Telegraph about his starstruck meeting:

“I got a chance to meet Jerry. I didn’t know him. To get a chance to sit there and talk with him…the guy is an absolute football fanatic. I really enjoyed meeting him. Until my mouth was sore from talking, and my ear was tired from hearing all of it, we sat there in his suite at Cowboys Stadium and talked for hours. It was awesome to see how he really is, how passionate he is about everything. Me growing up as a Cowboys fan…I was born at halftime of a Cowboys game…that would almost be a folktale in the correct direction. We’d have to call that Johnny something else. I don’t know what it would be.”

Manziel is expected to be a top-five pick in the upcoming NFL Draft in May. But Dallas has the 16th overall pick in the first round, miles away from where Johnny is expected to be selected. And the Cowboys certainly has more pressing needs on their roster, especially defensively. Also consider Dallas just gave starting quarterback Tony Romo a six-year, $108 million extension last season. So drafting a quarterback now with their top pick makes absolutely no sense.

But also consider Romo is one of the oldest starting quarterbacks in the NFL. (He’ll be 34 years old when the season starts.) Last year, there were only four starting quarterbacks older than him at the beginning of the season. (Manning, Brady, Brees, and Palmer) And don’t forget Romo is coming off his second straight back surgery in less than a year. The time is drawing near to start grooming his replacement. And let’s not even get into Romo’s lack of postseason success.

But, just for giggles, what would it actually take for Dallas to move up in the draft to get Manziel?

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