With the NFL Draft a mere 10-days away, this is the time most draft experts would advise us to ignore any rumors as they are likely smokescreens. Intentional little white lies started by team officials to throw other clubs off the scent of their true draft intentions. But one rumor that seems to be gaining momentum is the chance the Dallas Cowboys might draft Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with their first pick. But one long-time NFL expert believes this latest bit of titillating speculation is absolutely true.
The MMQB and Sports Illustrated writer Peter King had this to say about the possible controversial Cowboys selection in his latest article:
“I absolutely buy Dallas’ interest in Manziel. One: He is Jerry Jones’s kind of guy, and I believe Jones all along has had half an eye on Manziel, particularly if he could get him at a bargain position—say, the middle of the second round. I don’t believe Manziel will make it out of the first round, of course, but Jones could be sorely tempted at No. 16 overall if Manziel were there. Two: Tony Romo turned 34 last Monday, and his back is balky and twice surgically repaired, and Troy Aikman has been sounding the clarion call about the dangers of fooling with a bad back. Three: See number one.”
This rumor has persisted for months. But what has just now started to leak out is how much Dallas could be interested in Manziel. As King mentioned, the current age and physical status of Dallas’ quarterback Tony Romo has helped give validation to this hearsay.
Here’s what we do know: Both Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and his son, Dallas executive vice president are both fond of Manziel and believe he’ll be a “star” in the NFL. And we know it’s the former Heisman winning quarterback’s childhood dream to play for the Cowboys. And both Jerry Jones and Manziel had a long three-hour talk at a semi-recent Cowboys home game. This is where Jones presumably feel head over heels for the young quarterback.
But the reality of Manziel falling to Dallas at No. 16 is unrealistic. The controversial player is considered by many experts to be the highest-rated quarterback in this draft. Although his immense popularity, lack of size and perceived arrogance has certainly hurt him in the eyes of some NFL general managers, the thought that there isn’t a quarterback-needy team between picks No. 1-15 that wouldn’t take a chance on him is a bit ridiculous.