The Cowboys Will Not Pass On Johnny Manziel Unless…

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Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) celebrates defeating the Duke Blue Devils during the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Texas A&M won 52-48. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports

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’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.

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  • true cowboys fan

    LMAO all Johnny Manzeil is the story of the week good press wearing a Cowboys T-shirt and all but don’t see it happening no matter what Rod Marinelli will be getting the defensive player he wants period GO COWBOYS ! ! Cowboys Fan For Life

    • MCA

      Now don’t get me wrong. I too would love to see a defensive player chosen at 16, but if Barr and Donald are gone, and Manzel is sitting there at 16. JJ will be selecting him. No question about it. Last time I checked, Jerry Jones owns the Cowboys not Marinelli.

  • will hall

    So drafting a player in the first round who will not start, and does not help your team this season, over drafting a player who is an opening day starter…mmmmm. If he is still available in the fourth round, go for it.

  • Guy Smith

    If Manziel is there at #16, that’s perfect for us, Trade down to a team that wants to move up and draft him and get a second or third rounder..This draft is deep, the more picks in rounds 2-4 the better.

    • baronmwd

      Exactly, if Browns pass on a QB at #4 and there is no one else we value at 16 then I say trade out of 1st round all together. Get Browns 2 round, both there 3rd round picks. That would give Dallas 5 picks in rounds 2 & 3. We could address a lot of needs with those 5 picks.

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    This is a deep draft and it would be difficult for even Jerry Jones to screw it up. But after all this is Jerry Jones so we will have to wait and see.

  • Alfredo Martinez

    Manziel is a circus and he isnt the RKG…. If this player is the pick at 16, is a Jerry Jones call…But this team need rushmen.. You cant win in the NFL without a Defense.. I think was amazing for cowboys last year finish with 8-8 and the worst defense in the NFL…. Just give me a decent Defense and Jason Garrett put this team in play off

  • Old Frog

    Jerry wants to put on a good show each week and unfortunately Manziel running around will provide that if he doesn’t get killed. Everyone knows we have major needs elsewhere but Jerry might decide the show is more important than the trenches.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Just say no to Manziel.