May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) gestures on stage after being selected as the number twenty-two overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Better Cowboys Draft: Martin & Lawrence Or Manziel, Ealy & Turner?


The Dallas Cowboys completed a somewhat conservative as well as controversial draft over the weekend. The Cowboys front office made headlines last Thursday opting to pass on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and selecting an offensive lineman in the first round instead. On the following day, Dallas gave away their second and third round picks to their divisional rivals, the Washington Redskins, in order to move up thirteen spots to draft the last remaining top-tier pass rusher on their board. But did these two controversial moves really improve the Cowboys draft?

During a conference call with season-ticket holders on Tuesday, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones revealed Dallas’ plans were to draft Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy and Louisiana offensive guard Trai Turner, if they hadn’t made that trade with the Redskins in the second round. Jones added these picks would have been in-addition to the first round selection of Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin.

But common sense says this would have likely been the pick/player order if Dallas had pulled the trigger on Manziel in the first round instead. So here’s today’s poll question: Which would had been a better 2014 Cowboys draft: OT Zack Martin, DE Demarcus Lawrence OR QB Johnny Manziel, DE Kony Ealy, and OG Trai Turner? Place your vote below and feel free to chime in to our community discussion about it in our comments section as well.

Better Cowboys Draft: Zack Martin & Demarcus Lawrence Or Johnny Manziel, Koney Ealy & Trai Turner?

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  • Old Frog

    Based upon Stephen’s comments you probably should have added a 3rd option: Martin, Ealy, and Turner, as well as a 4th option: Shazier, Ealy, and Turner which might have been their preferred selections if Shazier had not been taken by the Steelers. Neither would have changed my vote but I’d be interested in the poll results.

    • aprado

      Agreed. I would of preferred those selections over Lawrence. I really hope the fans are wrong and Dallas got it right. Having martin at tackle and turner and Leary at guard sound promising. That would of allowed us to focus on defense the next couple of drafts and possibly allowed us to avoid reaching for need.

    • PaulTX

      I don’t think Ealy helps us as he does not provide the pass rush. I think there is a big scheme misunderstanding between fans and Marinelli. Lawrence probably won’t even be in the game on 1st down. When he is in the game, it will be to get to the QB and do nothing else. Ealy wasn’t the guy to do that.

      • Old Frog

        Agreed but I would have liked to see the poll results.

        • PaulTX

          I thought Ealy could play left or right DE. For some reason Marinelli didn’t agree.

    • David

      Or how about Pryor, Ealy and Turner. I would haven taken that over the other two scenarios..

  • PaulTX

    Any option with Manziel in it is not a good one.

  • Earl Robertson

    I would rather have Lawrence over Ealy any day but getting another O linemen in the 3rd would have been really nice

  • Bill Smith

    This Whole argument goes away if the Cowboys knew what they were doing at the draft table, a FOURTH rounder Should have been enough to get Lawrence, we keep our Third rounder and get another really good player. If Manziel flops, we won the deal, Barely, if he Stars, we look stupid, again..

  • brian basile

    How about Martin Lawrence and a better 4th round pick…that has my vote…OG Dozier, Richardson, Yankey, would of made our line best and youngest in NFL…Reid or McCullers at DT would of been better as well

  • brian basile

    Also wonder if Martavius Bryant was on their mind until Steelers stole him in the 4th..Maybe wanted him and then Hitchens in 5th…May also explain why they traded up for Street…