Dallas Cowboys’ 2014 NFL Draft: Johnny ‘Go Bye Bye’

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Oct 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Where am I? What year is this? Pardon my befuddlement, however, I’m sure you can relate. I’ve prayed so long for what I’m seeing that now it’s finally happening and I can hardly contain myself. My cup of excitement runneth over. Clean up on aisle 6.

After another perennial dance with a record of 8-8, most Dallas Cowboys’ fans (including yours truly) prayed for change while preparing for much of the same. Can you blame us? We’ve been lullabied and conditioned to be this way. It’s been nearly two decades of the same old story and I’m only one or two more years from full blown Stockholm Syndrome.

Just as most of us were at the cusp of psychological disaster, and with an impending straw dangling over the back of our camel in the name of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, we were spared tragedy. Not only did Cowboys’ Owner/General Manager Jerry Jones not do what was expected (draft for profit versus future wins), he did exact opposite. Well, “ain’t that a kick in the head”?

The common consensus from most Cowboys’ fans that I spoke with was that drafting quarterback Johnny Manziel was a circus freak show waiting to happen. I agree. For several reasons. Despite Manziel’s politically correct commentary, he wants to start immediately. What’s worse is, the media needs him to start somewhere post-haste. Their ratings and prepackaged marketing plans depend on it.

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Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Ahmad Dixon Anthony Hitchens Dallas Cowboys Demarcus Lawrence Devin Streeter Featured Jerry Jones Johnny Manziel Ken Bishop Popular Rod Marinelli Scott Linehan Terrance Mitchell Tony Romo Will McClay Will Smith Zack Martin

  • Chad

    I just find that taking Hitchens in the 4th left a bitter taste in my mouth. Hard for me to get on board with when the best I saw for him was a 7th round grade. Telvin Smith would have been nice.

    • Old Frog

      You are not alone and the only way it makes sense is if you have faith in Marinelli and McClay, which I do.

      • Chad

        As do I, but heard they admittedly grabbed him intentionally for a backup role. I feel like there were players ( at a few different positions ) that could compete for a full spot. This team has enough holes that we can’t shop for depth alone in the fourth.

        • Old Frog

          I think there’s probably more to him than just depth as evidenced by Marinelli’s enthusiasm in the War Room but when Lee goes down again, having a guy in the middle you know likes to blow people up at the line of scrimmage will probably help Marinelli sleep at night.

          • Chad

            I have no doubt this kid is a gap smasher, but for me it’s Sean’s coverage and damn-near superhuman football intellect that goes unfilled.

          • Old Frog

            You won’t replace Lee’s football intellect in the 4th or 5th round no matter who you pick.

          • Chad

            Too true, yet I think in those two aspects we might have done better. We could have completely blown up our O-Line and gotten Yankee, Richardson, Dozier, or Fleming with that pick. At that point we’re one guy away from sealing this trench up for a decade.

  • Old Frog

    I like your enthusiastic optimism. Hopefully by the time SF leaves town it will be justified.

  • Bill Smith

    So if 34 year old, 2 back surgeries Tony Romo is injured again, Orton ans Wheeton are our hopes.Yikes.

  • Greg Hill

    You can paint racing stripes on a turtle but it won’t make him run any faster. Did the defense get any better than last year from this draft? The cowboys will once again miss the playoffs due to an inability to stop the run or rush the passer. Also, due to mismanagement, the best defensive player they had now plays in Denver.

  • PaulTX

    Even though everyone does it, I think it’s premature to call a draft a success until you see how well the draft picks play.