The loudest noise surrounding the Dallas Cowboys following the 2014 NFL Draft was regarding the team passing on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. The home-grown player was there when they picked at No. 16, and Dallas opted for a player that could help them right away in Notre Dame guard/tackle Zack Martin. Fans were split on the idea of passing on the home-town favorite. Some saw the flaws and the fact that the under-sized Manziel’s play style was most likely going to send him straight to the infirmary. Others were sure his gun-slinging, wreckless play would push a mediocre Dallas team over the top. Time will tell who is right.
Those who questioned Dallas’ first-round pick this year are far too near-sighted. If you look at this year’s quarterback draft class and compare them to the projected draft class for 2015 you’ll forget about Manziel and other quarterbacks very quickly. Here’s NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks top-5 quarterbacks for 2015:
- Jameis Winston, Florida State
- Marcus Mariota, Oregon
- Brett Hundley, UCLA
- Bryce Petty, Baylor
- Sean Mannion, Oregon State
The top-5 quarterbacks selected in this past Draft were far less impressive, with few projected to make any kind of impact in the near future. Here’s how it shook out, in case you missed it.
- Blake Bortles, Central Florida
- Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
- Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
- Derek Carr, Fresno St.
- Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois
And if you take into account that with the way the team is constructed, and the inevitable injuries that seem to plague the Cowboys on a yearly basis, they have a real shot at getting one of these top quarterbacks in the 2015 Draft.
If Dallas ends up in a spot where they will select a quarterback in the first round in 2015, who do you think they should select? One of the players on this list? Or maybe you have one you think would be a better fit or more accessible to Dallas when they’re on the clock? Here’s your chance to let the world know what you think. Besides, the 2014 season hasn’t even started yet and we’re just playing fantasy right now, so sound off.