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

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Sep 21, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) reacts on the bench after a touchdown against the SMU Mustangs in the first half at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Unfortunately, it appears the stars did not align for the Cowboys to draft Manziel this year. Some have “Johnny Football” as the first pick in the NFL Draft, which is owned by the Houston Texans. Using the below trade value chart provided by draftcountdown.com, the cost to obtain the number one pick is 3,00o points.

TRADE VALUE CHARTThe Cowboys’ first round pick at #16 is only worth 1,000 points! Therefore, in theory, it would cost you three number one picks to move up that far into the draft. As a good example of this, let’s take a look at the Robert Griffin trade from 2012.

The Washington Redskins, who had the 6th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, wanted to move up just four spots to select fellow former Heisman Trophy winner and Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. In order to obtain the St. Louis Rams #2 pick, the Redskins gave them their first-round selections in 2012 (6th), 2013 (16th), and 2014 (2nd), as well as their 2012 second-round selection (39th). According to the chart, Washington overpaid by 4,710 points as their was only a 1,000 point difference in value initially. But you have to also remember they were probably having to outbid other teams too.

To move up four spots in the first round, the Redskins gave up three first round picks and a second rounder. How much more would the Cowboys have to give up to move up 15 spots?!?!  The bidding would probably start at three first rounders. That is unless they can pull off some front office magic, like they did themselves in 2012.

Dallas traded their first round pick (14th) and their second round pick (45th) to the St. Louis Rams for their newly acquired 6th pick overall to draft LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne. According to the chart, the Rams pick was worth 1,600 points. The Cowboys gave them a total of 1,550 points. But the difference could be that St. Louis called them and not the other way around. This means if Dallas gets a call, it could be on.

But, there are some other factors to consider. If Dallas truly wanted Manziel, then Romo’s days in Dallas are certainly numbered. If Romo was offered in the trade, it could affect the rate of exchange tremendously. Names like Miles Austin and DeMarcus Ware could also be thrown in to sweeten the deal.

Another factor that could aid the Cowboys would be the draft status of Manziel himself. Currently being called an undersized prima donna by many media experts, Manziel’s stock could fall in the draft. But teams hungry for quality quarterback play like Jacksonville, Cleveland and Oakland will probably not let him drop past them. If Manziel drops enough, Dallas could swop in and grab him like they did with Claiborne.

Bottom line: It would cost the Cowboys too much of their future to get Manziel unless he falls in the draft. And even if he does, Dallas has too many other needs to address this year.

Sorry, Johnny. But there is a bright side. You’ll be a free agent in four years. So there is still hope you’ll wear the star, one day.

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  • Old Frog

    If you are willing to trade multiple players with the Texans I’d rather have JJ Watt than Manziel.

  • SmartThinking

    All this talk about Dallas moving up to draft Manziel is giving me a stomach ache. If Dallas drafts anyone other than a lineman, it’s a colossal waste of talent and perfectly good draft picks.

  • rat

    This could be the dumbest article EVER WRITTEN! We have ROMO locked up to a huge contract and if you trade up three 1st rounders you want him to be the CAN’T MISS Andrew Luck player AND also have a MASSSIVE OPENING at your QB position. The person who wrote this is the most CLUELESS FAN EVER who has NO CLUE about SALARY CAP, or how the NFL works OR… UGH, done with this AMATUER SITE of fan idiots who write for them!

  • rat

    AH, it says the writer is also a COMEDIC writer, THAT would explain it, this is just a JOKE! Literally and figuratively!

  • Rick Wangen

    Oh hell no! I wouldn’t touch Manziel with a 10 foot pole let alone give up picks for him. The guy is total primadonna. We’ve seen these kinds of guys come out before. Guys with all the talent in the world but totally clueless when it comes to putting the team first. Jeff George, Ryan Leaf, Vince Young, JaMacus Russell etc. These guys had all the talent in the world but they were “me” first kinds of guys and flops in the NFL. You can see this coming a mile away for Manziel!

  • Ronald W. Jones

    Why ask a question….and then answer it?

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  • D Harris

    I would love to see us get Johnny Football. I wouldn’t give up 3 # one’s, but you could do a package deal of draft picks. Let’s face it: Romo is a loser and Johnny is a winner.
    Romo puts up big numbers, but doesn’t lead the team to victories. Johnny has proven he can win against some of the best teams in college. I say make it happen if all possible without giving away the bank. The long term signing of Romo last year appears to be one of the worst contracts in Cowboys history.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Don’t even think about it. This would be awful for the team. Giving up multiple first round picks is a team’s death sentence. You have just gambled all that future talent for one dude. How’s that working out for the Redskins? It isn’t. And sweetening the deal with Miles or DeMarcus? More like giving another team our waste.