Recently national media outlets have declared Jerry Jones desperately wants to draft Johnny Manziel as the Dallas Cowboys’ QB of the future. It’s time to clear the smoke and reveal the truth behind the likelihood of this lightning rod pairing.
To a certain extent this not-so-bold proclamation is true, within reasonable limits. The main guideline being the cost must not vastly exceed team draft goals.
What is being disregarded is the fact Mr. Jones likely has just as much desire to add phenom DE Jadeveon Clowney or electric WR Sammy Watkins.
If any of the 3 landed in the Cowboys’ 16th spot, Jerry might have a heart attack. All are viewed as game-changers by a wide selection of NFL scouts. Clowney and Watkins are the 2 expected to wreak havoc right out the gates.
Dallas would love to replace departed DE DeMarcus Ware with Clowney, or WR Miles Austin with Watkins. Either would be a dream scenario for them. Since both will likely be top-5 picks, the fantasy dies there.
Manziel is the only of the 3 who may slide beyond the 7th pick. At NFL.com, 8 of 8 mock drafts have Clowney and Watkins going top-5. While 3 of 8 mocks have Johnny going off the board at the 8th selection or later.
I agree with the 5 analysts who forecast the flashy talent of Johnny Football won’t make it past the QB graveyard teams of Jacksonville (3), Cleveland (4), and Oakland (5).
NFL teams are highly unpredictable on draft day. For Dallas, there are only a few scenarios that would allow the media’s dream marriage between the brash Cowboys owner and the fiery Aggie QB.