With the NFL Draft now less than two months away, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where Texas A&M quarterback and former Heisman winner Johnny Manziel drops out of the top ten picks in the first round. Much less to the Dallas Cowboys, who currently sit with the 16th overall pick. But in NFL Spin Zone’s latest mock draft, that’s exactly what happens. And it’s author, Conor Cahill, explains why the Cowboys would even make such a selection:
“After falling all the way to #16 and crying in the green room like Brady Quinn, Manziel finally gets the call. Jerry Jones said he didn’t want to spend a significant pick on a quarterback after signing Tony Romo to a huge deal last offseason. It makes perfect sense, but if Manziel is on the board at #16, I could definitely see Jones taking him. Manziel is a Texas legend/superstar, and gives the Cowboys that nostalgic, “America’s team” feel that Jones desperately wants. It also gives Manziel a chance to play under Tony Romo and refine his passing instead of being thrown straight to the wolves. I am not sure Dallas is the best place for Manziel because of the reputation he has in Texas, but I can’t blame him for getting caught up in his fame. He is maturing and should be able to deal with the media circus of “Romo struggling, time to start Manziel?” on every ESPN channel throughout the year. He posted a great time in the 40-yard dash at 4.68 seconds and performed in the top 5 among quarterbacks in the vertical jump, broad jump, 3 cone drill, and 20-yard shuttle.”
My take: I’m almost 99% sure Manziel doesn’t fall this far. In fact, I think teams might be willing to trade up over the Cowboys at #16 in order to get Johnny Football if he does indeed drop. Plus, defensive tackle Aaron Donald is still on the board at this point of their mock as well. Although Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones has stated that the team believes that can find interior defensive line help late in the draft, Donald is too much of a talent to pass up here. He also just happens to fill Dallas’ most desperate need.
Although I do believe the Cowboys must start searching for quarterback Tony Romo’s eventual replacement, Manziel’s price tag is way too high and so is the media frenzy that follows him. A better solution would be to take a flyer on a QB with one of their seventh round picks or via signing an undrafted rookie free agent, like they did with Romo back in 2003.