In his final mock before tonight’s first round of the NFL Draft, ESPN’s Todd McShay made a stunning revelation about the Dallas Cowboys and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. McShay predicts the Cowboys will select Johnny Football at No. 16 tonight and has been told that might have been the team’s plan all along. Here’s his explanation of the selection:
“I said on TV this week that if the Cowboys draft Manziel it will break Twitter, and that’s what happens in this scenario. We’ve had more than one person in the league tell us that Manziel is believed to be the No. 1 player on the Cowboys’ board, and it wouldn’t surprise us if they took him here is he’s still available. If Manziel is gone by this point, or the Cowboys choose not to take him, linebackers Anthony Barr, C.J. Mosley and Ryan Shazier are all possibilities with the No. 16 pick.”
And McShay isn’t alone. NFL Network’s draft guru Mike Mayock also thinks the Cowboys will go with Manziel tonight. Here’s what Mayock said during his network’s mock draft reveal show on Wednesday via the Dallas Morning News:
“If Johnny Manziel happened to get to 16, it’s party time in Dallas. If Manziel is on the board, I really believe it’s going to be one of those things when the owner takes over and says, ‘That’s our guy.’ I don’t think Jerry could help himself. It’s that simple.”
Mayock added this one personal caveat on the Manziel/Cowboys situation:
“I think (the Cowboys are) further away than people think to winning a championship. If Johnny Manziel was sitting there at 16, I’m not saying that I would take him, but I’m telling you that I think it’s a legitimate conversation, and I think at the end of the day, Jerry Jones would pull the trigger.”
If that’s true and Dallas is a lot further away than any of us think from winning a Super Bowl, it’s time to wipe the slate clean. And drafting Manziel would help facilitate that. We all know the one word Jerry Jones would never say is “rebuild”. Unfortunately, that might exactly be what’s happening right now in Dallas. Not saying the word doesn’t make the reality go away.
Also, what if Manziel is really the top player on the Cowboys draft board? Doesn’t that change everything? A draft board built by the Dallas scouts, the Cowboys front office along with Assistant director of player personnel and many Cowboys fans’ draft savior Will McClay. If they are all in agreement that Manziel is “their guy”, shouldn’t the Cowboys be willing to trade up to get him?
There are a lot of rumors, speculation and uncertainty surrounding the draft right now. But one thing is for sure. It should be exciting to watch unfold tonight.