The draft is over and the newest additions to the Dallas Cowboys will be arriving soon to get started for the 2014 NFL season. The mood, as expected, is always polarizing from the fans of America’s team. No matter who the Cowboys picked, someone had a huge problem with it, causing twitter to overload with angry dissention. Most of it came from the fact that the team did not pick quarterback Johnny Manziel, after he fell to the 16th pick. Instead the Cowboys chose the safe pick, the offensive guard from Notre Dame Zack Martin. Others blasted the team for not picking up one of the two highly regarded safeties on the board. I think a lot of fans are failing to realize how great this draft was in terms of just changing the philosophy of the franchise. This was a different kind of draft for Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones.
A lot of fans were very confused/angry over selecting an offensive lineman with the first pick, even though many mock drafts had this scenario playing out and no one seemed to mind then. I guess a lot of the frustration was that Jones not picking up Manziel, a premier player that brought a lot of hype and media attention.Even for a little bit, I imagined all the possibilities of taking the player they called Johnny Football.
Then reality set in very quickly, the Cowboys aren’t playing for the future now, they are in it to win. While Manziel would sell tickets and jerseys, he would have sat behind quarterback Tony Romo for at least two years. With Martin, you have a player ready to step into an offensive line and make it one of the best units in the NFL. He is considered the safest pick in the draft, capable of playing multiple positions and his leadership qualities that the team lacks.
While I do question why they didn’t go for any of the top safeties, this was still the best option to go with. Especially when you have a 34-year-old quarterback that has had two back surgeries in a year; you have to protect your quarterback! Remember the best teams are built in the trenches, not with specialty players.