Cowboys 2014 Draft: Signs Pointing Towards Johnny Manziel

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Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (left) with his son, executive vice president Stephen Jones prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

#2. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones indicated on Wednesday that Dallas believes they can fill their biggest need, defensive tackle, in the later rounds of the draft. He also indicated that he personally instructed his scouts to grade for talent over positional need.

Some experts, including a couple unnamed NFL general mangers, called Manziel the most exciting quarterback prospect in the last 10-20 years. In terms of talent, it’s a good bet “Johnny Football” will be atop or near the top of the Cowboys draft board come May.

And Dallas has a recent history of drafting based on the rankings on their draft boards over positional need. They selected San Diego State tight end Gavin Escobar last year in the second round despite having Pro Bowl player Jason Witten and promising young James Hanna already on the roster at the same position.

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