The Dallas Cowboys Will Take Johnny Manziel With 16th Pick

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Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) carries the ball for a three yard touchdown against the Duke Blue Devils in the 2013 Chick-fil-a Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s Johnny!

Get used to hearing that. To seeing it. To believing it.

Make no mistake about this scenario: if Johnny Manziel falls to the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones will select “Johnny Football” with the 16th pick.

Defense. Defense. Defense. That’s the motto for the 2014 campaign. But what’s the mantra for 2015? 2016? 2017?




The Future of Competition

Can the Cowboys compete in a division where clearly, the rest are progressing? Can Dallas compete with the Seattle Seahawks? The San Francisco 49ers? How about the New Orleans Saints?

Jerry Jones thinks the team is a player or two away from competing for trophies. The truth is the Cowboys are a culture away from competing.

As Landry Hat senior writer Brad Austin wrote in his recent piece (read here), landing an 8-8 record again, and again, and again, is an evil curse.

The Dallas Cowboys are in a dire need of a shake up. Of some change. Of a new design. And it will take more than plugging holes in the defense to reach this scope.

The team owes it to themselves to start planning for the future. No quarterback carousel wanted.

Quincy Carter. Not acceptable. Drew Henson. Not acceptable.

You don’t pass on someone like Manziel. You can’t. And Jerry won’t do it.

Not again.

Not another Greg Ellis (DE) over Randy Moss (WR). Not another Roy Williams (FS) over Ed Reed (SS).

No more. No more decent picks over Hall of Fame picks.

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  • PaulTX

    I like Johnny at #16. This would not be a Garrett friendly move, but it is good for the future. Not only could Johnny be our starter, but he is only 20 years old. That is 15+ years of football that he could give us. I think it would be best that he rides the bench for the first few season, and that begs the question do you draft a player you can’t use this year in the 1st round? I guess you do, if it means securing a good QB for the next 15 years.

    • PaulTX

      Russ, if you want to stay on this site, I would avoid calling people morons.

      I doubt Johnny will be there at #16, but a lot of coaches, ex-coaches and analysts think highly of Johnny and his play at A&M. Maybe he is a bust, but I would rather try him out when I already have a starter on my roster. Thinking Bledsoe/Brady, Farve/Rodgers. You can work the scenarios any way you want at this point, but if Johnny is on the board at #16, he is most likely the best player available, and also it probably means the #1-15 teams went defense. I would not trade up for him or even Clowney, except maybe to #13, if I would not lose my 2nd or 3rd round pick.

  • Chad

    “And he is smart, too. A score of 32 on his Wonderlic exam (logic and reasoning timed test created by Tom Landry) tops all other 2014 quarterbacks.” Tom Landry didn’t create the Wonderlic.

  • BrokeDog

    While “Johnny Football” at #16 is quite intriguing, the ‘Pokes simply cannot compete with no defense! They have to start re-building that side of the football this year. Now, if Donald, Martin, or the 2 safeties are gone at #16, by all means grab him … but otherwise, way too many needs to take “J.F.”, if any of the top DL’s are sitting there (or, if one of the top OG/OT’s is there).
    But, if they are ALL gone (at #16) including Manziel, time to trade down and try to load up on extra picks!

  • will hall

    Ok let me get this right, if Roger and Troy say he his this good, why did the 15 other teams pays on him, why would we take him at 16. You dont take a player in the first round, to ride the bench for two years.

  • Earl Robertson

    If they pick Johhny then no way Romo can stay on the team. The first game when they go 3 and out the fans will be chatting Johnny Johnny !!!!!! There is no way Jerry would do this because he has too much invested in Romo and likes
    Romo too much. Now I would love them to pick Johnny but reality says it won’t never happen

    • Russ

      Manziel has bust written all over him.

  • Cutty

    Yeah, right. He’s gonna slip to 16. And nobody is going to pick him up before that, even if just to trade him for several proven vets. If that doesn’t work out, how ’bout Clowney at 16? Or Tom Brady? Sheesh.

    • Russ

      I hope some other moron besides JJ takes him….pleeeaasssee.

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    More hype on Manziel as if he is the savor of the Cowboys franchise if drafted. On top of that the writer infers there is no way he will fail or be a bust even though the history of many other highly rated quarterbacks has proven otherwise. I agree the culture needs changing and I would not be disappointed if the Cowboys draft him at 16. However be careful about giving him the superstar status before he has played a single game in the NFL arena.

  • David

    This would be a bad pick on so many levels. First of all Romo is just now entering the first year of his huge contract. So Johnny would be a 16th pick and riding the bench for at least two years. If for some chance he played over Romo because of media and fan pressure well now you have a 20 million per season qb riding the bench and unable to get out of the contract. Then you have the fact that Johnny’s bust chances are pretty high because of his slight frame and unable or unwillingness to stay in the pocket to let the plays develop and follow his read progressions. Lastly Dallas has so many desparate needs at DE, FS, LB, and OT/OG that they cannot afford to draft a guy that wont play for at least two to three years. It would be beyond stupid. But hey that world of stupid is JJ’s playground.

    • Russ

      Finally some sanity! Well said, David.

      • David

        Thanks Russ I appreciate the comment.

    • Alfredo Martinez

      I absolute AGREE… You cant win with the worst defense in the league…this is ridiculous….DRAFT RUSHMEN!.. I want a physical team…

  • californy

    The Cowboys owe to much money to Romo to consider a player who may have to sit for a couple of years, If he play, then the Cowboys accelerate the cap hit that Tony will cost the Cowboys, in 2015, Romo will cont something like 27 Million plus in a cap hi in 2015t. JJ made Romo untraceable by the renegotiation. his contract.

  • Richard Lee Ochoa

    I Say yes For the Dallas Cowboys Will take Johnny Manziel At #16 the He is the Best Fit With the Boys