Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones loves Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. And Johnny Football loves the Dallas Cowboys. Always has. So do those two facts mean the Cowboys, who own the 16th overall pick in next month’s NFL Draft, will draft Manziel if he falls to them? I believe the answer is yes…unless two other coveted prospects are still on the board.
Earlier this week, ESPN football analyst Ed Werder appeared on SportsCenter and indicated that if Manziel falls to them, the Cowboys could take the former Heisman winner. Then he backed up that claim saying:
“Jerry Jones was raving about (Manziel) this weekend . . . in front of Romo.”
It no secret that the Cowboys organization believes Manziel will be a star in the NFL. Dallas’ executive vice president Stephen Jones told NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread exactly that during the NFL Scouting Combine in late February.
“I think he’s going to be a star in this league. I think he’s going to be very successful. I think he’s a great competitor, and I think he’s going to have an unbelievable career…He seems to have eyes in each corner of his head, in terms of being able to see the field. A little bit like our guy (Romo), he can scramble. A lot of people think he’s scrambling to run all the time, but he does do a lot of scrambling to throw it. I think that’s unique. This guy will get out of trouble, and his eyes are always down field.”
The Cowboys owner and front office are obviously enamored by Manziel. But they also know they massive needs in other areas of their team that take precedent. Specifically, their defensive line. But I believe there are only two players the Cowboys value higher than Manziel that could make the Jones’ pass on the touted Texas quarterback. And they are UCLA defensive end Anthony Barr and Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald.